When Evil Seems To Triumph

If God is sovereign and good, why does he allow evil to persist? ?Why does he allow it to triumph at times?

?If we had been in Egypt at the time when Pharaoh started out to follow the Israelites to the Red Sea, we would have taken off their chariot wheels before they could get under way. But Jehovah did something better. He allowed the Egyptians to pursue and overtake and threaten, and then He allowed them in their pride to go down after Israel into the depths of the Sea…. It may be that God will allow error [or evil] to proceed further and let it seem to triumph, so that by its own presumption it may place itself where it is more effectually crushed…? –Spurgeon

The greatest triumph of evil was the murder of Christ.? God allowed evil to triumph temporarily so he could work a greater victory – one that freed God?s chosen ones from his wrath and sin?s shackles and made them his children. ?A victory that will someday banish sin and wickedness forever.

When evil seems to triumph, it is so that God will get greater glory in the end.

photo by Peter Baer

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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I’ve written a lot of worship songs. I also like to paint.

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  1. Elaine says

    So hard to remember this truth when you see evil overcoming the good, but thankful it is not up to us. We (believers) have a Father who is more than able to conquer every evil word or deed and we have the Holy Spirit to teach, lead, and guide us. We have been given so much to sustain us until we see Him face to face. What a day that will be!

    • Mark Altrogge says

      Yes Elaine, what a day that will be! And as you said, God has given us all we need in himself to sustain us till then.

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