Saturday, July 09, 2016

Dial Daily Bread: Why Does a Good God Permit Terrible Things to Happen?

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

Again the cry goes up to Heaven--why does a good God permit terrible things to happen? The tragic story is continuous and the horrors always heart-wrenching. Behold what the evil heart of man can do!

And then we can look back in history to the unending tale of evil that has plagued this fallen planet into which 2000 years ago the Son of God stepped to become our Prince of Peace. But why hasn't He brought peace?

The Bible is the gospel record of history. What can it tell us? Is there some Good News somewhere?

The world rejected their Prince of Peace whom God gave them and they crucified Him, expelled Him from this planet (John 1:11; Acts 3:14, 15; 1 Cor. 2:8). By so doing, the world elected Satan to be their "ruler of this world" (John 12:31; 14:30). Thus, in all fairness, God cannot be blamed for what the world does. The world refused to let God have jurisdiction over them.

However, God still loved the world; there are people called "the remnant" who believed in the Son of God and wanted Him to be the Ruler of the world. For their sake He has intervened by appointing four angels to hold in check the winds of horrible human passion until the Holy Spirit can "seal the servants of our God in their foreheads," says Revelation 7:1-4.

So, as one inspired writer wrote in the midst of even more terrible carnage and mayhem than we know today, "Through the Lord's mercies we are not [all] consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentations of Jeremiah 3:22, 23). Yes, there is still some Good News!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: August 9, 1998.
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