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– God is angry with the wicked every day. – Psalm 7:11

– This is your wickedness.  Because it is bitter – because it reaches unto your heart. – Jeremiah 4:18

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just wipe out wickedness in the world once and for all?  Wouldn’t our lives then be no trouble at all, and evil would never befall us again?  There would finally be the world peace pursued by so many prophets, poets, and politicians alike – for so long?  However, if it were all so easy, wouldn’t our human intelligence and inventions have eliminated evil by now?

If you’re reading this right now, you may already be asking yourself questions about the lead verse. Maybe one such as: “If Christ is the Prince of Peace, then where is the peace (Isaiah 9:6)?”  Perhaps the query is, “Why do bad things always seem to happen to good people (Isaiah 57:1, Daniel 9:5-14, Mark 10:18)?”  Or, “If He is angry with the wicked daily, why isn’t He doing anything about them?”

Well, He is.  However, our Father handles wickedness from heaven with long-suffering, and the mercy He abounds and delights in every morning we are able to wake up (Exodus 34:6, Lamentations 3:22-23, Micah 7:18, 2 Peter 3:9),  How often does man deal with evil the same way, with such patience and much pardoning?  How often do we want someone to get what we think they deserve?

God is always ready to pardon, if we return to Him when we err and go astray.  Our Father is gracious and merciful – being slow to anger and of great kindness (Nehemiah 9:17).  It means every evil work or wicked act is not going to be met with heavenly discipline.  If God did punish us each time we messed up, who among us would be able to stand the pain for very long (Ezra 9:13, Hebrews 2:2-3)?

Still, some just can’t stand letting others get away with the evil God seems to permit freely.  They can have attitudes of  “I have to do something about this matter here on earth – because it does not seem to matter very much in heaven.”  Many movie and TV show story lines these days seem to be centered on characters seeking vengeance.  This is never wise with God (Hebrews 10:30-31).

However, maybe this is you.  Have you ever thought, “Where is this loving God I hear about?  Where is this God of justice?  Everyone who does evil is good in His sight – why He even seems to delight in such people sometimes.”  Or, “God’s law is slack and His judgement never goes forth.  The wicked surround the righteous – therefore, wrong judgement has to be proceeding from heaven.  I must fix it.”

There is never anything new to God (Ecclesiastes 1:9).  Some felt like this in Biblical times (Malachi 2:17, Habakkuk 1:4).  However, projecting the wickedness problem on others is not the solution.  It is easier – for it keeps us from pointing the finger of fault at our hearts.  But – God did not fashion them to be wonderful.  If He had made perfect hearts, He never would have had to sacrifice Christ.

Our hearts were designed to be desperately wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).  So we would not foolishly trust them (Proverbs 28:26). So we could not pave our own path to heaven – proclaiming our own goodness or innocence as the way to get there (Proverbs 20:6, Jeremiah 2:35).  So we would have to get there how God designed before this world began (Titus 1:2).

Next Sunday:  Why the road to heaven is narrow (Matthew 7:14), why the righteous scarcely get saved (1 Peter 4:18), and where we can err and go off course so many times along the way – even as Christians.

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– But they knew not that evil was near them. – Judges 20:34

– The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. – Proverbs 15:3

Nobody expected 9/11 to happen.  Who among those who went off to work that morning – were thinking they would never come home to their families again while on the ride to the office? However, every time evil happens anywhere, doesn’t God usually gets called into question like He did that day 12 years ago now? Do we call Him into question when we receive something good?

Although it’s always easy to get mad, upset, and confused when anything happens we don’t understand – we must understand evil and wickedness are part of who we are from birth.  The imagination of our hearts is evil from youth (Genesis 8:21, Jeremiah 17:9).  It’s not how we arbitrarily become over time afterwards – because of any place or environment we may or may not grow up in.

Scripture has concluded all of us under sin from day one (Galatians 3:22).  There is no good thing which dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18). Sinning is not something we start doing at some random point along the way.  Good things the apostle Paul wanted to do – he didn’t.  The evil he did not want to do – he did (Romans 7:19).

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once wrote, “If it were all so simple. If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were only necessary to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil runs through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Every day God gives us – He sets before us blessing and curse, life and good – or death and evil (Deuteronomy 11:26, Deuteronomy 30:15). We choose which one we serve (Joshua 24:15, 1 Corinthians 10:21).  We are to never boast about tomorrow – for we never know what a single day will ever bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). We never know when evil is near (lead verse).

Christ told the disciples to take no thought of our tomorrows – for they would take thought for things of themselves. Jesus added – “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:34).  However, evil can be a very hard concept to comprehend if we see it only evolving and existing elsewhere.

If all our ways are clean and right in our own eyes – or if we walk around with a “what have I done wrong” attitude (Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 21:2, Jeremiah 8:6) – guess who most likely gets grieved far too often when it happens (Ephesians 4:30)?  Evil will pursue sinners (Proverbs 13:21). Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord – and shall we not receive evil as well Job 2:10)?

Especially if we are Christians who are no longer ignorant about the eternal consequences of continuing in willful sin (Acts 17:30, Hebrews 10:26).  Even when we slip up – as we will because of our failed flesh – God cannot cleanse us from all unrighteousness and evil if we don’t confess our sins as believers.  The longer we fail owning up to sin as Christians, the further we fall away (1 John 1:8-10, Hebrews 6:4-6).

God is long-suffering towards all men – He takes no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies (2 Peter 3:9, Ezekiel 18:32).  Just because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily – the heart of the sons of men is set in them to do more.  Even though their days may be prolonged – it is well with us who fear Him (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13).  God will not at all acquit the wicked (Nahum 1:3).

Why would a loving God cause evil?  Remember, God forms the and creates darkness – He makes peace and creates evil (Isaiah 45:7).  The prophet Jeremiah gives us a very clear and concise reason why God brings evil:  “Hear, O earth – behold, I (God) will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts – because they have not hearkened to My words.  Nor to My law – but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit – and a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:18).  We are still corrupt as Christians if we fail to heed God’s correction from above – through His only Son dwelling in our hearts by faith by the power of the Holy Ghost (John 15:1-5, Ephesians 3:16-17), Corruption cannot inherit the incorruption of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:50).

We are to depart from evil and do good – whether something good is returned to us or not on earth – our rewards await in heaven (Psalm 34:14, Matthew 7:12).  God will repay evil and wickedness in due time – His.  Both will always exist until Chris returns bringing salvation.  Until then – we are not to avenge evil with evil – but with good (Luke 7:27-28, Romans 12:18-21).

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