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Why Doesn’t God Destroy Satan?

Upon hearing the news of yet another senseless tragedy, I sometimes lose heart. I even admit to struggling with ill-will feelings towards God. God, why don’t you just destroy the forces of evil already?!

I can go on and on when it comes to the sin which abounds here on earth: the Parkland, Florida shooting; bombs which kill innocent civilians in countries like Syria; and the horror stories of young women caught in the insidious web of sex trafficking.

I raise imaginary fists at God. Why aren’t you doing anything, God? Why does suffering continue? Do you even act on our behalf?

But then I stop to think: What about friends and families and strangers who haven’t yet heard the miraculous Good News? What about backsliding saints? What if God wants to develop your faith for times like this?

Our Adversary’s Origin

Before God fashioned and formed humanity, our adversary existed. Isaiah 14:12 reads, “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Lucifer means “bearer of light” or morning star.

In heaven, Satan was an angel of splendid beauty and intelligence, he held a powerful position. It is no wonder the downfall of mankind had and has much to do with subtle idolatry today. Christians aren’t exempt from what taints non-Christians.  Our own hearts can covet: ruthless ambition, position, even the desire to control or manipulate. And sadly, those desires of the flesh are where our adversary operates.

Find the rest of this guest post here: iBelieve.com.

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5 COMMENTS
  • GERALD HERRING
    4 months ago

    Jessica, I read your article on CrossWalk. Your insights have touched me and I am tremendously grateful to you for sharing them with another believer. You have a God-given vision.

    • Jessica
      4 months ago
      AUTHOR

      So grateful to hear this, Gerald. It’s not easy writing hard, biblical truth, so I thank you for your spritual maturity. May the King of Kings keep watch over you.

  • T Rose
    4 months ago

    Found you after reading an article about hell by Sam Storm. He never answered any comments and had them turned off. In relation to your article, how does one come to terms with the fact that we need God’s grace to prevent spending eternity in hell, but we can’t get it unless God chooses to give it to us and then changes are sinful thinking. Wouldn’t all humans if given God’s grace, then choose to call on the name of Jesus. Thank you in advance for any answer to clarify my ignorance on this.

    • Jessica
      4 months ago
      AUTHOR

      Your question is such an enigma, it’s one I toss around often. I think of all the people, in remote locations who’ve yet to come face to face with the Good News, what about them? Isn’t it unfair for God to send a soul to hell if they’ve never had a chance to be confronted by the beauty of the gospel? Yes, of course, it’s unfair.

      I cling to this scripture regarding “the fullness of time” found in Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (and daughters). And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

      We don’t know when someone’s moment to be convinced, convicted, or confronted with God and His message of salvation occurs. I leave that sacred romance between God, Spirit, and man to God alone. In my impatience and frustration I get upset, knowing that family and friends still haven’t surrendered to His message.

      But what if the unsaved person has to fulfill certain “chapters” in their life? What if they have to hit rock-bottom first? What if it takes deteriorating health? What if complete brokenness is a prerequisite?

      I believe we’ll battle sinful thinking until we pass into eternity, it’s part of the human condition. Yes, as you mentioned above, it’s full grace which saves, but the decision to serve or deny is ultimately up to the individual. God doesn’t want robots. We’re graced by God when we mess up daily (in thought, in deed, in what we fail to do). But God and his mercy. But God and his grace.

      In the Fullness of Time is what I pray for. God, in the fullness of YOUR time, remember “so and so.”

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

      Jess

      • T Rose
        4 months ago

        Thank you for taking time to help me understand. It means a lot!!

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