I often have people ask me why God allows evil to take place in our world. With innocent people dying in the twin towers, children being abused and all kinds of injustice and evil happening around us everyday, I understand the question.
Why would God allow this stuff to happen?
My answer is this: He won’t let it happen forever.
If there is one thing we know about the nature of God, it is that he is a lover of justice. Psalm 37:28 says, “For God loves justice and he will not abandon his loyal ones. They will always be guarded. But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.”
No evil act will go unaccounted for. Justice is God’s character.
And yet this of course spurs another question.
Why is He letting injustice go on for so long?
I know it is frustrating to watch evil permeate our nation and world. You might feel like there’s nothing you can do to change it and you wonder when Jesus will return with his swift hand of justice.
And while Scripture says no one knows the time or place Jesus will return (Mark 13:32), there is one aspect of this answer we do know.
Jesus won’t return until each person has had a chance to learn about Him.
For now, God is allowing people to make their own decisions about whether they are going to serve Him. He’s giving time for those who have never heard about Him to learn about the amazing sacrifice of His son.
Some of you may wonder, couldn’t he speed up this process?
The answer is found in 2 Peter.
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
What an incredible way to reframe this question. God is not slow, as some of us might understand slowness, He is giving us all time to repent. He doesn’t want anyone to perish in hell, so he’s giving you and me time to reach those who have not yet heard.
It’s important for all of us to hear this message.
The day is coming where every man will stand before him and give account for their life.
Revelation 20:1-12,15 (NIV) Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
So if you’re reading this blog post and you haven’t heard of this man Jesus, or you’ve heard, but haven’t made a decision to follow him, don’t wait another minute to make the most important choice of your life.
If you’re reading this blog post and you’ve already made the decision to follow Christ, you now have an amazing responsibility.
Pray for your friends and loved ones who don’t know Jesus. The Day of Judgment is coming. Make sure every person you know is ready when they stand before the Ancient of Days.