“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil,” (1 John 3:8)
For many years, a horrific crime against a little girl in Florida haunted me. My mind bombarded with questions about God. How can He be “in control” yet something so unspeakable happen to an innocent child? Still immature in my walk with the Lord then, I pushed those thoughts away. Hurt and confused. Questioning my ability to trust my heavenly Father.
With God’s help, I found the courage to search out the matter. The ongoing process of learning the Word for myself has been key to turning confusion into confidence in my ability to trust Him despite my own experiences with evil and abuse.
I realized in the face of evil, I could choose: “Am I going to press into God or push Him away?”
I chose to press into the Lord and seek Him for answers. To discover how His will works in conjunction with our free will. Well as much as my human limitations permitted.
Answers not based on the opinions of man. But on what His Word teaches with lots of help from the Holy Spirit.
The Word says:
- “Seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul,” (Deuteronomy 4:29).
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him,” (James 1:15).
On this journey with God, I discovered I didn’t have to suffer unnecessarily with anguish in my mind. Our good Father already provided His Word and Holy Spirit to provide us with the wisdom and comfort we need.
But, I had to do my part: seek and ask in order to find. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,”(Proverbs 25:2).
The lead verse, 1 John 3:8, was one of the foundations the Lord used to teach me. And when He wants to open up the Word to me, He often reminds me to humble myself as a little child as I read it. To have eyes to see it with simple, implicit, unwavering trust. No matter what, walk by faith, not by sight trust.
So what did my little eyes see? My simple, childlike, implicit trust in His Word saw:
- All sin and everything resulting from it is of the devil.
- Jesus’ purpose in becoming human was to destroy the works of the devil.
Beloved child of God, if you’re questioning your ability to trust God and His love for you, seek Him today. Draw closer to Him. He promises you will find Him.
Lord, help me to respond according to Your Word in the face of evil and negative circumstances. Help me seek You and Your wisdom on these matters that I am not influenced by the opinions of others but You alone in Jesus’ name, amen.
If you haven’t already, you can check out: “Why Did God Allow This?” – Part 1: Misuses and Misunderstandings”