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Session 2

Does God allow evil?

Read: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

You've probably heard the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This statement is especially true when it comes to situations Christians face.

Often, we feel the same frustration the Thessalonians experienced, wondering why God seems to allow ungodly people to do whatever they want — evil seems to be rewarded, while those of us trying to live with integrity struggle to get by. The Thessalonians were also discouraged because they heard rumors that they missed Jesus' return (2 Thessalonians 2:2). Frustration coupled with discouragement is a dangerous combination because it stops us from growing and changing.

The good news is that God’s “slowness” in dealing with wrongdoing is not the result of his permissiveness; it is the proof of His patience. "But do not forget this one thing dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:8-9).

God gives all of us time to repent because He loves us. When we wonder why God isn't giving people what they deserve, remember that He was patient with us while waiting for us to realize we needed Jesus.

We don't know when Jesus will return to Earth.  But when He does, “...all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12).

In the end, Jesus’ followers will be rewarded, and evil will be punished. Following Jesus and living in a way that pleases Him is never a wasted effort. The benefits of our obedience to Him far surpass anything this world has to offer.

Reflect:

  • Are you ready for the day Jesus returns? You can be ready today by asking Jesus to be your Savior.
  • If you are already a Christian, are you living like you remember that Jesus will return?
  • What is one step you need to take today to live like you know He is coming back?

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