"If sickness is an evil, why did God permit it?" This is a frequently asked question. There is so much evil
in various manifestations in the world
today, that people wonder why in the first place God permitted it at all. This is a question that
any seeker of Divine Healing is likely to be faced with.
The “permission” of evil can be divided into 2 categories for better understanding -
Permission in the Heavenlies and
Permission in the Earth
The permission of evil in heaven is actually not our scope of study. However in the heavens, it was the rebellion of
Lucifer that started it all. Who created Lucifer, the perpetrator of evil?
The Book of Genesis teaches us that in the beginning God created all things good. God created everything, including Lucifer.
So why did God create Lucifer?
Lucifer was perfect when God created him. Ezekial 28:15 - "Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou
was created till iniquity was found in thee". But Lucifer exalted himself against God. He was cast out of heaven
because of his rebellion (Isaiah 14: 12-15). God in His foreknowledge would have known that Lucifer would rebel,
yet He created him.
It is not for us to question why, for - "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are
revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of
this Law." - Deut, 29:29 and
"For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part: but then shall I know even
as also as I am known." (I Cor 13:12). But soon this mystery will be finished, for Rev 10:7 says, "But in the days of
the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished as He hath
declared to His servants the prophets".
Till then, we walk by faith in our Holy, Trustworthy and Wise God. But
we should remember that he has also prepared hell for the devil and his angels.
Mathew 25:41- "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels"
In the earth, evil was permitted by man and not God. In the garden, Adam could have kicked Satan out. He had the
free will to choose, but what Adam chose (to disobey God) led to his fall and evil entering the world. God has given
man the priceless and unique gift of a free will. The role of this 'free will' is an important issue when discussing
the 'permission of evil'. Only to man whom He created in His own image, did God give the freedom and the ability
to choose. Each one of us can choose for ourselves to either obey God or disobey. The free will to choose
between good and evil still is ours today. It is our privilege to choose God's ways and say, "Not my will but
Thine be done". May the Lord give us wisdom and grace to choose aright, so that our diverse functions in the
Body of Christ will glorify Him.
So what is 'predestination' in the light of 'free will'? This is a much-detailed topic, but we should remember a few
important things about predestination as revealed in the Bible:
1. Predestination is based on the foreknowledge of God. Romans 8:29 says, "for whom He did foreknow,
He also did predestinate . . . ". God knew who would choose to believe in His Son and obey Him, and they were
predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son and be the children of God.
God wants evil to be put out by the Church. Please read Eph. 1: 18-23
slowly. Man permitted evil on the earth. Now God wants that evil to
be put out by men and women who believe in His redemption, full and
free. The Son of Man triumphed over the perpetrator of evil at Calvary.
Now we, His Body, the Church are predestined to put evil out. "God shall
bruise satan under your feet shortly", says Romans 16: 20. Jesus' work
at Calvary in defeating the devil is finished. Now you and I will crush
him under our feet. This is our glorious predestination in Christ.
3. The Lord's perfect and good will is that we, Christ's body, should make known the manifold wisdom of
God to the dark forces of evil. Eph 2:10 - "to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God". An awesome predestination, isn't it?
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