Evil is Good

Wednesday, Mar. 8                            Evil is Good

Why does God allow evil in the world?  We all raise this question from time to time.  It seems somewhat of an anomaly when you put together God’s sovereignty and his holiness.  But there is a lot in the Bible and in life that helps to answer this.  The account of Joseph being sold into slavery is a prime example.  Gen. 50:19-20.  “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid.  Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God  intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’”  God does not cause or promote evil, but he allows it.  And he does it for a reason.  When he turns evil into something good, he is displaying his wisdom and power.  The bottom line is that every evil ever committed will go down as something that demonstrates God’s goodness.  Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. put it this way:  “. . . sinners are often just as much the ministers of his providential workings as are his saints.”  Joseph understood this.  He wanted his brothers to understand it.  And it’s written in Scripture so that we can understand it.  Oh, how John Piper would love this!

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