The Reality of Evil

Written by M. Larson

Are you discouraged and fearful? We have mentors who would like to talk with you and listen to you.

The senseless lethal attack on teenagers and their teachers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., leaving 15 dead, shocked America 10 years ago this spring. And more and more such vicious attacks are being made not only in America, but all over the world. Parents, friends, media people, and persons from all walks of life have wondered why these tragic attacks have happened. TV, Internet, and Hollywood have been blamed.  Also, the fact that God and the Bible (hence morality) are banned from public schools and immorality is actually taught may be taken into account.

Evil is present in our world in various forms. According to the Bible, Satan and his demons are real and so is evidence of their activity in the world. We need to be reminded that he is often very subtle in his tactics. God’s word reminds us to “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Are we aware of the danger from Satan and the subtle devices he may use to bring about our downfall? Have we adopted a casual attitude? If we do realize he might tempt us, we may think it will be some terribly gross sin, that his presence in it will be obvious.  Not so!  The Apostle Paul said that often Satan is transformed into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Satan is too clever to hit us in the face with a temptation.  He usually leads us one step at a time.  He gets us to do something seemingly innocent, but slightly wrong, and from there leads us in the downward direction.

How can we know when we are being led astray by Satan, if he is so subtle?  Did Eve realize the danger when Satan tempted her in the Garden of Eden?  Probably not, but as soon as she heard God’s Word and goodness being questioned, she should have cried out for God’s help.  Even so, when we have the slightest doubt about something, we’re wise to run to the Lord.

The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you” (James 4:7-8).

As a good soldier of Jesus Christ, let’s take the equipment available to us for our protection against Satan, against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.  We are not defenseless!  We have available the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is God’s Word (Ephesians 6:14-18; Hebrews 4:12). God’s shield can protect us if we spend time with the Lord each day, reading his Word and talking to Him.

Thankfully, we do not need to fear this enemy, for we have a far more powerful Friend in our loving, caring, and kind Lord!

Lord God, I submit myself afresh to You today. Help me to be aware of the subtle temptation to question Your word and Your goodness. Stir up my desire to read Your word and spend time in Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Questions: Are you aware of any subtle shift in your own heart to question God’s goodness and His word? Remember you can resist the enemy and stand in the power of the Lord. Have you put on the armor of God lately? (Ephesians 6)

About the Author Muriel Larson

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3 Responses to “The Reality of Evil”

  • Oak says:

    Sometimes I wonder if Satan doesn’t answer some prayers and we like this answer so much that we never realize that it is not from God.

  • kanj says:

    mamaof5, as I read your response I kept saying to myself, ”my goodness”. every point you made I can connect with. I know that I am not alone with God in my life, and as well, I know that I am not alone in the feelings I am experiencing in my spiritual growth either. (because of the blessing of this site I find so many sisters with same thoughts and experiences so I know I’m not without sound mind in thinking the things I do)

  • mamaof5 says:

    I have found that if I am not prepared I’m not likely to take a stand. If I know I’m going to be spending time with those who don’t know God, and I don’t take the time to arm myself with prayer, scriptures, and God’s amazing power, I am likely to sucumb to temptation. Most often it’s in the things like movies, music, or laughing at a joke that’s offensive that our world doesn’t consider to be an issue. But I’m called to a higher calling. I need to prepare my heart before hand so that I may have right responses.

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