The Irony of Evil

The Irony of Evil

If you’re anything like me, you quickly get overwhelmed and even physically exhausted by story after story of evil happening in our world today. Previous generations lived without knowing the extent of evil worldwide while today our social media feed brings every encounter to our doorstep. It’s too much. Michelle and I talk about this often because we have enough examples of evil just through the people directly connected with us in life and what happens to them. Let alone the evil done across the globe. It’s easy to lose sight of the goodness of Jesus in the midst of this. It’s even easy to doubt God’s sovereignty, although we rarely give words to those thoughts. Instead, we wonder why God continues to allow stuff like that. I read through Psalm chapter seven this week and found encouragement in the way King David addresses evil.

Psalm 7:14-16

Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Inherent in the fabric of evil is its undoing. The cross is a beautiful picture of this. On an ugly, barbaric tool of death, in which Satan gloated to see God Himself breathing His last mortal breaths, evil unravels. It was the height of success for evil and also the moment in which its power broke forever. The flipside of this irony is that evil cannot be eradicated the ways in which we often try to do it. When we resort to using evil to combat evil, we experience the same trap. When we choose suffering instead of force and follow the King who returns as a lamb instead of a lion (see Revelation 5), we escape the trap of evil and experience the upside down power of the Kingdom. Jesus didn’t conquer evil with a bigger army; He conquered it by surrendering on a cross. So when you see evil in the world today, rest assured that Jesus is still good. He still cares, and He aches with us. Evil will not win, even when it appears to be winning from our vantage point. In fact, it’s often in those moments when it loses the most. Jesus turned evil against itself and has forever invited us into that hope. The next time you feel the weight of the latest horrifying news, take heart. Jesus invites and empowers us to bring Heaven to earth each day as we help to unravel all that evil hopes to accomplish.

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Jeremy Jernigan

Speaker | Author | Founder of Communion Wine Co.