Today’s Scripture: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1 Peter 1:20

To understand why there is evil, we must comprehend the holiness of God. He is perfect, righteous, and holy. He cannot even look at sin. Sin is missing the mark of His perfection. One sin separates us from Him, and the Bible says we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

We were created to have fellowship with the Creator, so something had to be done to restore that fellowship. God had a plan. In fact, the plan was in place before the creation of the world (1 Peter 1:20). Mankind must be — and would be — redeemed!

If God is not the author of evil, and Satan and mankind are to blame for sin, then how should we feel about the God Who got all this going in the first place?

I have learned at least one thing in my life— I must not dare question the love of Someone Who made the ultimate sacrifice for me!

The Creator God could have said, “Those humans! They cannot stay out of trouble. I made them and their environment perfect, and now look what they have done. I will give them what they deserve. Let them lie, cheat, covet, and kill — I do not care. Let them pay for their own sin. Let them spend eternity in the place I made for the devil and the demons. Their destination is a place of darkness, separation, and fire, but their bad choices are not My problem.”

The above paragraph could be true, but praise God it is not. Although God is holy, righteous, and just, He is also love. Yes, our disobedience must be punished, or He would not be God; yet He made a way for us to escape the eternal fire of Hell. This is why I say God’s love should never be questioned — because He sent His only Son to take our place.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.