Why Evil?

Michael Beck

“And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16:3)

Why evil? Simply put, a person is not worshipping God. Their mind is not listening to Him. Their hands are not yielded to Him. They are untethered from their Creator. “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Ps. 2:3)

There is nothing more dangerous than a human being disconnected from God. Any vile and vicious act is possible. “… For the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.” (Ps. 74:20) No hurricane, tornado, or earthquake is as cruel as a human being who has deadened their conscience.

Don’t say, “I would never do such a thing.” We are all capable of our own “horror show” when God and His voice is shut out of our heart. David never dreamed he would commit the evil he did. We need to be carefully and closely walking with God to be kept from evil – not the evil others would do to us, but the evil we would do to them.

Don’t wait until you do something really, really bad to wake up to your need to walk with God. Big sins start small. The failure to listen to the voice of conscience, to the still small voice of God that warns us to get off an evil path in our thought life, is the start of evil and hurtful words and actions.

Worship God by giving Him your heart and mind. Your body will surely follow. Likewise, when you don’t.

“… Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6)

“… He hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.” (Psalm 36:3,4)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.