THE IN-BETWEENBy: Darrelyn L. TuttOne doesn't have to go far to witness the pervasive evil in our world.It's everywhere we go ... Including our own evil hearts.(Jeremiah 17:9).And this side of heaven, it's only going to grow worse and intensify, according to the Scripture (2 Timothy 3).Hmmm ..."But if God is good and He cannot stand to look at evil," Anna asks, "Then why does he allow and seem to ordain the 'advancement' of it?"-------God has a lot to say, dear Reader, about evil, sin, and darkness.Not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), He allows the opposition of Satan and his cohorts to ceremoniously laud their crafty arts for a time, while the souls of the "Saints" continue to be saved and procured.He counteracts the acts of deception, disruption, and evil with His goodness, truth, and grace, and He continues to draw men to Himself.But in the meantime and in this in-between time ...Satan celebrates the ruin of men,Intensifying the seduction of sin and the destruction of the soul,Laboring feverishly because he knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12).------The question of evil which began in paradise with man (the serpent and Eve,)shall end in paradise with the crushed serpent beneath Christ's feet, as appointed and ordained by God in His word at just the precise time.The sinful origin of man 'in the beginning' as recorded in the Genesis account, Ushers in the glorious Gospel and man's Savior (in the flesh) in its middle,And then concludes and resounds with the triumphant return of Christ and the end of all evil and full closure on "His" heels.Until then ..."Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."Psalm 37:1-3-----"For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like other men. .... Behold, these are the ungodly who prosper in the world; they increase in riches..... When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me.Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end."Psalm 73:3-5;12;16-17------"For the Scripture sayeth unto Pharoah, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth."Romans 9:17-----Reflect on these truths, dear Reader, and allow God to settle, soothe, and satisfy you in the "in-between" time with His unchanging, reliable Word.To God be all glory ...To the end of life's story.Amen.
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