Once again, I had to sit at the feet of Jesus, in the word of God, and learn from Him. This was the only way that I could deal with the heartache. My question now was, “where did the evil come from, why is it allowed, and when will it end”? If we look back to the story of the Fall in the Garden of Eden, we see that Satan himself was the originator of sin. He disguised himself as the serpent in order to tempt Adam and Eve, and deceive them into thinking rebellion against God would make them like God. In John 8:44, interestingly enough, we see that Satan was a “murderer from the beginning.” Satan uses lies, deceit, death and any other tactic he can in order to cause people to turn away from God and destroy themselves. Granted, Satan can only do what he is allowed to do with permission from God, see Job 1:6-12. And, lest we forget, we choose to sin, so we cannot place all guilt and blame on Satan.
But, when we understand that he is the originator of all of this sin, and all of this pain, and that he is what has caused all of this death, we understandably want to see him destroyed and stripped of his power in this world. So what does the Bible say about this? It is very clear that in the end, at the final judgement, Satan will be stripped of his power, he will be thrown into a lake of fire, and he will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). At that point in time, justice will be served. Justice will be complete and God’s wrath toward evil appeased.
We can take great solace in the fact that our God is a just God. He does not ever let evil go unpunished or unpaid for. The sins of this world are either paid for by His Son, Jesus Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross, or they are paid for by the eternal suffering and punishment that comes from rejecting the Son. I find this fact to be so comforting. I would not ever be able to, on my own, take revenge on Satan for the pain that the sin that he brought into this world has brought upon me through the death of my babies. But my Lord, and my God, can. He has given us every reason to trust Him, and not ourselves. And we can rest assured in the prophecies and promises of scripture that He will punish all evil at the final judgement. Praise the Lord that every day that we wake up, we are one day closer to that day.