Living in Perilous Days of Evil
Another senseless rampage. It’s hard to respond anymore, isn’t it? Our shock and horror has turned into a gut-wrenching, muted lament.
Like Job, events often begin with a perspective that the characters in the story lack. We, too, are often clueless as to Satan’s role in the matter.
Satan assumes that people only love God because of the blessings they receive (Job 1). After all, who loves God when suffering is unbearable? Satan’s slanderous accusation could only be refuted by putting someone to the test. So, the Lord picked Job.
Oddly, God never explained to Job why evil continues its rampage. Instead, God talked about his power over creation — including a dragon named Leviathan. Why highlight him? Leviathan resembles the cruelty of the ancient dragon behind Job’s suffering: Terror dances before him … his heart is as hard as stone … he is king over all the sons of pride (Job 41:22-34). It was Job’s ultimate “aha” moment. He was wrestling “against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Christ’s accomplished mission reveals that although God is not culpable for evil, he nevertheless took responsibility to deal with it by overcoming it on the cross. God is not against us (Romans 8:31). He simply calls us to be faithful amidst the evil. Why?
Amazingly, God brings to light the unsearchable riches of Christ “through the church” so that “the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”(Ephesians 3:8-10). Yes, being faithful in the face of pure evil is a bold statement to the dark side of God’s glorious grace in us!
Like Job, let us prove that Satan is wrong about us, too. We serve the Lord in good times — and especially in perilous days of evil.
by Gloria Wiese