“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7)
“But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” (Luke 16:25)
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10)
In the direst of circumstances, when the situation seems hopeless, when death seems better than the pain and suffering, the chaff is blown away by the wind, and those who call the Lord Jesus Christ Savior are not.
To stand firm in the midst of the worst possible scenario is possible only because of the Lord Jesus Christ, the strongest man, both physically and mentally has a breaking point, and God knows it. If your Father in heaven has decided to send evil into your life, you are expected to welcome it.
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2nd Cor. 12:9)
I did not say you have to like it; no one has a smile on their face and a cheerful demeanor in the midst of great suffering, no one whistles a happy tune through the valley of the shadow of death. All have at least once said, “Why Lord?”
The chaff do so each time, and then blame the Living God for that suffering, they believe that anyone who would bring pain and suffering into their lives does not speak the truth when they say. “I love you.”
Whether you prefer to call it that, that the Most High allows evil or brings it into the life of a person He has chosen for Himself is semantics, if evil has arrived, it has arrived in your life by His will, He is Sovereign.
There is no sin in questioning Him as to why, in fact, if the only way that He can get you to call upon Him is in the midst of great pain, from the bottom of the well of despair, then that is what He will do.
The Great Physician does not always choose to heal the wounds my friends, ask the man Lazarus who sat at the rich man’s gate. But this man, and millions of others, accepted and understood fully Job 1:22, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
Those on the sinking sand do, the wicked that the wrath of God abides on do, those who will receive their rewards here do. Those who have truly been born-again grab a cane, a walker, they crawl if that is all they can do, through the tears, through the sorrow, they continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
It bears repeating again my friends, “No matter the circumstances or the possible consequences to ourselves.”
Only those who have been crucified with Christ can say in the fullness of their heart, “Thy will be done.”
He does not need to explain Himself to you, and He probably will not, we are to trust and obey, we are to listen to the Holy Spirit and believe Him when He says, “This too shall pass.”
In our infirmities is where our adversary will attempt to find a foothold in your life, when we are at our weakest, when we forget whose name is signed at the bottom of the letter allowing the trial.
The wicked hate the Almighty when He speaks to them in the midst of the pain He brings, when evil arrives in their life, they refuse to believe that one who claims to love them would bring any adverse situation into their lives. The chaff, those who are only professing Him with their lips, who only follow when there is no storm, believe the same.
You must not.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
The Rock of our salvation is sure, but there is pain there, there is suffering, there are tears and sorrow. If your faith is true, you will stay on that Rock through all of them, you will accept all that He offers, whether it be evil or good.