Evil is real

Published 8:14 am Thursday, February 1, 2024

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I know the subject of good and evil has been debated among people, but when I see what is going on in Israel, it is devastating to think that these atrocities continue in the “so-called” pursuit of peace. I believe in the power of the Lord but am greatly discouraged that this problem over thousands of years has not been resolved. It causes me to doubt much of what I believe, though deep in my heart I know that God is ultimately in control. What can I do to bolster my faith? – D.H.

Dear D.H.: Evil is real, and at one time or another most of us have wondered why God doesn’t just reach down and stop it. Sometimes He does – but not always, and the Bible says evil is a mystery that we won’t fully understand until we get to Heaven. In the meantime, God calls us to trust Him and have confidence in His love – no matter the circumstances.
There are many people we know who are going through their own battles of good and evil, whether it be a health crisis, a financial hardship, or a family torn to pieces over heart-wrenching choices. Evil intersects our daily lives; yet life continues on.
If we are not aware that the devil’s intent is to discourage us and render us hopeless, bitterness and anger can overwhelm us. We must not let those emotions drive a wedge between us and God; it gains us nothing. In the long run, it will only destroy us.
Instead, our attitude should be that of the psalmist: “It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God” (Psalm 73:28, NKJV). We can ask Him to help us trust His Word, even when the way is dark. The Bible says, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NKJV). This gives us wonderful hope.
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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