Many of us, including myself, have asked the question, "Why does God allow evil to occur?" I suppose there are many more people, who could give a much more impressive, awe-inspiring and impassioned answer.. but to me it is very simple, we live in a sin filled, evil world.
Our world is under the "curse of sin" that became effective the day Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Since then, we all have lived under that curse and each of us have sinned. And, lets not fool ourselves, the curse of sin, remains more prevalent, more potent and definitely more powerful, to this very day.
This "mandate of sin" is so strong that none of us can escape it. Every thing that lives, is subject to evil and death! And, there are those that have given themselves to wickedness and vile behaviors.
This is exactly why we must always be actively seeking the Lord for God rewards those that persist and persevere in their daily walk with Him. Paul tells us that, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6
A faith that diligently seeks God is like that of:
- Noah, who was warned by God about the flood and in faith prepared an ark. Hebrews 11:7
- Moses led the children of Israel as they passed through the Red Sea on dry land, in faith. Hebrews 11:29
- By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.. Hebrews 11:31
Seeking God's will for our lives diligently, will help us to stand tall in the "face of evil and death!" Noah and his family escaped the flood, Moses and the children of Israel walked on dry land and Rahab's life was saved, because of their faith and diligence in seeking.
A person who diligently seeks after God will go to any length to find God and obey Him. So, are we seeking the Lord purposely and earnestly?
Think about these situations:
- Is a ball player diligent, if he only goes to half the practice's held?
- Is a student diligent, if he only studies the courses he likes?
- Is a judge diligent, if he only hears one side of the case before him?
While our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, we continue to face and live in a wicked and an immoral world. Therefore, until we die or He returns, we are warriors and we must prepare for battle, by putting on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:11-18
Each of us must seriously ask ourselves: Am I diligently seeking God? Am I ready to face the day and what is ahead of me? Is what I am doing or where I am going within "God's will for my life?"
So, will it be "wisdom and warfare" or will it take a "bomb" to open our eyes to diligently seek God?