“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
We know there’s sin in the world. We all sin. Nobody’s perfect.
There are just some things in this world that make me sick.
Watching the news, you hear about people doing awful things to one another.
But it’s even worse when ugly, grotesque, despicable sin hits close to home. When it becomes a reality. When it affects you and the people you love. Not because you’ve done it, but because you’re the victim of it.
Thankfully, I have not been the victim of this stomach-dropping type of sin—the kind so evil, you can’t imagine it really exists outside of the television world—but I have known friends who were.
And it made me question. It made me ask God where He was. Why He didn’t stop it. Why He allowed—and continues to allow—such depravity and evil to fester in this world.
There is no simple answer to why, but I do know this: Without that dark, dark sin, the brilliant light of good emanating from Jesus wouldn’t look half so holy.
And I also know this: Jesus said He has overcome this world.
He has overcome.
He is in charge.
He allows evil for a time, but evil will not reign. It does not reign. It cannot reign.
And when I hear stories of depraved acts, I can do nothing else but cry out to the Lord of Heaven and Earth and beg Him to be present, to shine His light into these situations, to remind me and those around me that He. Has. Overcome.
Wretchedness will not win.
Friends, let’s be on our knees today, praying for those who believe wretchedness has overtaken this world, who have been affected personally. Let us pray that God will heal those broken hearts and mend those weary souls, and that His light will penetrate the darkness and drive out evil.
Your Turn: Aren’t you so glad God has overcome? What is your prayer today?
*Photo by David Castillo Dominici