Why do people hurt each other? Why do people want to kill others who oppose their viewpoints? Why does a tower building burn causing so many deaths? Why do children bear the brunt of adult mistakes? Why would a youth kill another youth? Why would people think they can hurl hurtful words at each other? Why do people get ill and die? Why do car accidents kill so many? Why are their wars? Why is their divorce? Why is there so much hate in this world? Why do we have to put up with another’s hate? Why is their racism? Why are there those who have and won’t share with those who don’t have? Why is their hunger in this world? Why does crime happen? Why do people lie to each other? Why? It is simply my friend…because we live in a fallen world of sin. There are two forces in this world and a fight that we can’t always see between good and evil, between the army of heaven and the army of hell that plays out in our daily lives. But I have good news for you all! Jesus wins. Yes, Jesus won already but poor old Satan doesn’t acknowledge it yet! How can this be? Why doesn’t Satan know he has lost the war? I think he does know. I think he knew he lost and that is why he is so angry and wants to take as many souls away from God and Jesus as he can while he can. I think he knew he wouldn’t win after he tried to tempt Jesus.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:1-11, (New International Version or NIV).
Jesus knew how to handle Satan and the way He did it was to recite scriptures from the Old Testament to counter every temptation. We can learn from that can’t we? Yes, the battle was won by Jesus and Satan left when Jesus told him to go. Satan will leave us too if we will just tell him to go. As far as I know this is the only time that Satan confronted Jesus while Jesus lived on earth. I am sure that Satan was watching Jesus from afar and certainly we see many of the demons that were speaking to Jesus asking Him to leave them alone. We also see many sinful people trying to end Jesus’s life and ministry. Why didn’t Jesus wipe out Satan while Jesus was living here on earth? I wish I knew the answer to that. I don’t know why God is so patient except that He wants all of us to have a chance to be followers of Jesus and be in heaven.
The truth is that some questions just can’t be answered yet. Why people have to die in the first place is one of those questions. But if you think about it, would you want to live forever with evil still in the world? I know that I don’t want to. Another question that has no answer on this side of eternity is why people have to suffer from tragic illnesses. Why does our youth have to battle terrible diseases or be disabled? I just don’t know the answers. But one thing I do know is that God is watching everything and taking it all down and I know that God will be fair and so will Jesus Christ. Fair…the word means so many things to so many people but when I think of the word fair I have to be honest and say that I want God to be patient just a little longer because I have those I am praying for that are not saved. I want God to give them plenty of opportunities to repent because I think that would be fair.
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
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. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:3-13, (NIV).
I am thankful to know that God is patient and doesn’t count time as we do. I am thankful that Jesus came and died for my sins and rose again to beat Satan in that great battle, (Revelation 12) and will come again to bring judgement to all humans ever born on this earth (Revelation 22:12). I also know that Jesus did this for you too. I think in my own life I have stopped asking why things happen or why God allows bad things to continue happening to people who I know. The truth is there may not be a reason but if there is I am pretty sure we will learn why it happened when we get to heaven. And then I doubt we will really care anymore, after all Jesus will wipe away our tears (Revelation 21:4) and that is something I look forward to, don’t you? No more tears ever again. No more pain ever again. No more lack of understanding ever again. No more sin ever again. Wow! What more can I say?