What has happened to evil? We know that it is alive and well in the world around us, as well as in our hearts. However, people no longer consider anything as being evil. What is evil? Evil is living a life without God or rejecting what God says. God sees evil as boasting against all that He is and all that He does. “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.” (Psalm 52:1)
Evil seems to be winning. We see this in the media, the realm of education, as well as our political system. People have changed the definition of evil. They define evil as not being tolerant of attitudes and behavior that are totally against God. People call evil good and good as being evil. We can quickly become discouraged amid the wave upon wave of evil that we see all around us and even in our hearts.
Is there any hope? Yes! Psalm 52 reminds us that the boasting of evil is only temporary; however, the goodness of God endures forever. We can always enjoy God’s goodness in the midst of all that may be happening around us. Evil does not have to overwhelm us. God’s goodness enables us to gain perspective and hope. God’s goodness will ultimately win out over evil. We need to focus upon God’s goodness amid this evil world, or else despair will rule over our lives.
“Dear Lord, I become discouraged when I see the evil around me and even within my own heart. I wonder why evil seems so bold and prevalent. People don’t care about your ways. They have chosen to go their way. As I read your Word, You remind me of the greatness of your goodness. Please keep my focus on your goodness as I live as a pilgrim in this wicked world. Amen”