Do you believe that God is good and that God is all-powerful? Then why all the evil in the world? The prophet Habakkuk wrestled with that question. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save… (Hab. 1:2)?” To try to answer that question we often talk about free-will and how people choose to do evil and hurt others, but God doesn’t say that in Habakkuk, though that is certainly true. We live in a fallen world where sin and Satan seem to rule.
The Bible teaches clearly that God is all-powerful and that nothing is too hard for God. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is sovereign and in Habakkuk 2:20 it is revealed that God is on the throne in his temple. Romans 8:28 reveals to us that God is at work to turn even evil for His purposes, “And we know that in all things for together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” Our response is to trust God by faith. “The righteous will live by faith (Hab. 2:4).” When bad things happen to you and someone you love, ask God to help you trust Him. Wait on the Lord believing that God is at work. Ask God to help you do like Habakkuk and even rejoice in the Lord (Hab. 3:17-18). Standing on the promises of God will help you to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (Eph. 6:10). His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Do I have a witness? Do I hear an “amen?”