Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His faithful love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34
This statement coupled with the statement that God is all powerful raises the necessary question, “Then why does evil exist?” While each person has to answer this for themselves, here are five things to think about: 1) God is not responsible for evil. If I ignore the instructions in the owner’s manual and drive around without ever putting oil in the car, is the manufacturer responsible when the car breaks down? In the same way when people live in conflict to the commands of God, it will result in evil in our world. 2) If God is all powerful then evil must exist by His permission. We cannot understand why He permits it, but we are only able to understand a small portion of the greater picture. We have to trust that He has a grander design than our minds can comprehend. 3) God is powerful enough to be able to turn evil to good purpose. Joseph’s brothers did evil in selling him to slavery. The lust of Potipher’s wife was evil. Languishing forgotten in a jail cell for years was evil. God did not author these events but He used them to position Joseph to be able to save thousands during time of famine. 4) God created the universe through use of natural laws. Gravity is not evil, but if I ignore the laws of gravity and walk off a cliff, evil will result. 5) This is not the perfect order of things. God gave Adam (man) dominion over the earth and man botched the job. One day God will retake dominion but until that time, we live in an imperfect world of our own making.
The very essence of Your word is truth. – Psalm 119:160
God is truth. By his word all of creation was spoken into existence and by His word things still come to be as they are. When Jesus came, he did so full of grace and truth (John 1:14), He is the way, truth and life (John 14:6), and it is by His truth that we are set free. (John 8:32) Because God is truth, we can believe whatever He says and live our lives accordingly.
God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful. – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
God will always keep His promises. Because of His faithfulness: we can know we are forgiven when we repent (1 John 1:9), that He will not let us be tested beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13), that He will keep His promises (Hebrews 10:23), and that He will endure forever. (Psalm 119:90) In a world full of broken promises and disappointments, no matter how faithless we are, we can be confident that He never will be. (2 Timothy 2:13)
Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty. Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations. – Revelation 15:3
When we say God is just we are saying he is both rational and fair in his dealings. His dealings are always predictable in the sense that they are always right without and hint of favoritism or capriciousness. He is the Judge (James 4:12) and when he Judges it will take into account our heart, mind, and actions. (Jeremiah 17:10) His judgment will be complete, (Isaiah 11:4-5) universal, (Acts 17:31) and praiseworthy (Revelation 15:3)
The holiness of God will be displayed by His righteousness. – Isaiah 5:16
I put righteous between just and holy because righteousness is justice made internal and holiness put to action. Justice is seen through God putting the world to rights, righteousness is the fact that God Himself is right in everything He does. It is because of His righteousness that He is fit to judge justly (2 Timothy 4:8) and to rule. (Psalm 97:2)
For the scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:16
When something is repeated in the Bible, it is done for emphasis. When Jesus says, “truly truly I say to you…” he is saying, “listen closely.” So when the angels cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8) it is an emphasis of the highest order. God is absolute moral purity. The root meaning of the word holy is separate. God is completely separate from sin and evil. It has no part of Him and cannot exist in His presence. There will come a time when His kingdom will fully come and His glory will completely cover the earth and sin and evil will be no more.