Midweek Push

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7)

GOOD vs. EVIL

You may be wondering why God allows bad things to happen to good people; or maybe you’re questioning the problem of suffering in your own life. The verse above tells us that God is a creator of opposites. He forms light, but creates darkness. He makes peace, yet creates evil. How can He do this and still be a righteous God? Today’s PUSH is to assure you that our Lord has all things under His control, because He created all things.

Let’s clear this up, God did not form pain, hurt, or suffering, but He may, however, choose to withdraw goodness so that evil is exposed. He may even test your faith by creating unfavorable circumstances; but this doesn’t make Him any more evil than if you had to teach your child a lesson in order for him or her to grow up to be a well-rounded adult.

The word evil here is translated from the Hebrew word Rah which means “adversity, affliction, grief, misery, or distress.” Isaiah 45, in its proper context, shows God rewarding Israel for obedience and on the other hand, punishing Israel for disobedience. He does the same for us, but punishment should never be confused with evil.

God truly only brings evil on the person that “quarrels with Him” or rebels against His will (v. 9). This evil comes in the form of disaster or trial, not the evil of sin created by man’s hands; for instance, the sin that crucified our Savior was evil. God often allows the effects of sin so that His goodness might be sought.

Our Father is pure and honest. He is loving and mature with consequences and blessings. He is also transparent and all of His ways are perfect no matter what form they come in. Read Deuteronomy 32:4, Habakkuk 1:13, and Hebrews 12:6-10 to understand more about the nature and person of God. Remember, the Lord makes peace and we can have peace by being in Christ. Our circumstances do not have to define us, nor do they dictate whether God is good or bad. When you think of Him it should not be a contest of good God vs. evil God... He is always good and always in control!


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6 comments

  1. Good morning ladies,

    Thank you for this wonderful message. Your messages are always so encouraging. Many times I have been down and then I get one of your mails and it just lifts my spirits again.

    God bless this great work that you are doing.

    Kind regards
    Jean

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    1. Jean thank you for those kind words. We daily live by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us because when we do, He puts messages in our spirit such as the one you received today.

      We are grateful that the message touched you in a way that brought light to your life. We want you to know that we truly value your response and you help us stay encouraged. Thank you from the bottom of our heart for always being so led by God to share your encouraging words with us .

      We are praying for you today Jean! We know you are going through a tough time right now, we are here if you need to pray more or if we need to listen!

      Know that you are loved,

      Shanita & Melanie

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  2. Thank you for that message! Love you all!

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  3. Thank You for this message it open my eyes and made me see alot of things clearly it also pointed me in the direction to read more on my own. I tring to get on the right track and thanks for helping me get there.

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    1. Shan, thank you for sharing with us today. We are elated and humbled to know that God used us through this message to reach you. We are praying with you as you strive to get back on the track God has laid out for you. Hang in there and please know that you are not alone. We are praying with you. Contact us anytime, we are willing and ready to serve!

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