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Sunday, January 17, 2010

God of Good and Evil

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20

There is nothing that exists on earth that is not under the dominion of God. This includes evil. I so often think that God is the God of good and Satan is the ruler of evil. There seems to be this pervasive understanding of good and evil as dualistic entities in constant conflict over dominion of the world. Although, there is a sense in which good and evil is in constant conflict, we do wrong to believe that each are equally powerful or that one is in God's power and the other in Satan's. At the end of Genesis, Joseph shows that God is over both. Even though his brothers did an evil thing to him, God used that evil for good and thus neutering the effect of evil intended by his brothers. What a difficult but amazing truth! All the schemes the devil may plan and all the lies the devil may tell have no power and will make no impact on God's plan for the world. When someone harms us, when we hurt others, when we lie, cheat, or steal, when we see the web of wickedness cast upon the earth, we can be sure that it's power is only illusion and God is already victorious!

Lord Jesus, be the God over all things and show us your dominion over evil!

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