Evil; May 8, 2020


1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

The second half of this verse seems very negative, and almost seems to violate the sovereignty of God, but it agrees with what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4, where he refers to the devil as “the god of this world.” The NIV renders that as “the god of this age” to try to make it dovetail with conventional theology, but the issue essentially remains. We really don’t understand where the devil fits in, but we certainly see his effects. The thing is, God can and does use even what the devil does and turns it around for good. (Romans 8:28) Right now the whole world is in an uproar over the COVID-19 virus, but in the process all sorts of evil is being uncovered, and we need to be submitted to God so that the evil will be defeated. China unleashed the virus, but as a result the whole world seems to realize that the current regime can’t be trusted, and this could turn out to be a fatal blow, not to the nation but to the regime. That has dovetailed with the political situation in the US, where the mask is being peeled back from bureaucrats and politicians and others, exposing the twisted lies by which they have been operating. That is certainly the “world under the control of the evil one!” However, God is using their overreach against them, and Jesus is Lord. Even the churches being unable to meet has caused many believers’ eyes to be opened, not only to what a privilege and blessing it is to meet, but also to the fact that the world system is not on their side! Recently media companies have been revealing their allegiances, and it isn’t pretty. Believers have got to check their own heart, to see where their priorities lie and recommit themselves to Christ alone.

Yesterday I got increasingly disturbed as several friends posted a brief documentary exposing the medical bureaucracy in the US, and in case after case it had been taken down before I could watch it. I finally was able to get to a live link and, after watching it myself, immediately posted it to my own page to further evade the cover-up. Not just that documentary, but several videos by various doctors have been suppressed, because they contradict the “party line” that is being used to try to control the world. I was disgusted to the point of almost being nauseated, but I’ve got to remember that God is still God, and Revelation is very clear that in the end, we win! I frankly don’t understand evil, but I’m certainly learning to hate it. I need to be humble and submitted to God in my own heart, remembering how blinded I have been in the past by pride. Spiritual warfare is certainly called for. I’m to hate evil, but not hate the people who have allowed themselves to be controlled by evil, and that can be very difficult at times. I am not to give any honor to the devil. It is very appropriate that in English, he is “d” evil! He is a defeated foe, however much he thrashes about. As Revelation 12:12 says, he knows his time is short! Submitted to God, I am to resist him in every way, both in my personal life and, as God enables me, in the wider society, so that Christ alone may be glorified.

Father, thank You for this, and for Your timing in speaking it to me after I got so stirred up last night. Help me not focus on evil but not be deceived by it either. Help me rest in Your peace, allowing Your strength to be manifested in my weakness, for Your glory alone. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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