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The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Why does God allow Satan to live? This is one of the questions that I try to answer in. And it is not just something on top of what is already said in the book, but it is right at the heart of it. But before I answer it, let s make sure that we agree that it is true that God
could take Satan out anytime he chose. Because I think there are some who would say, He really can t, because of some rights (or authority, independence, free will, etc. ) that Satan has. But the reason I know God can take Satan out without turning me into an automaton or breaking any rules is because he is going to take him out. He is going to throw him in the lake of fire. And the question is, Why didn t he do it yesterday? If he had done it yesterday I wouldn t be tempted the way I am today. The Bible says, Lead me not into temptation. Well, the best way not to be led into temptation is to take the Tempter away! Isn t it? Take him out! I ve got sin in my life plenty enough to make me struggle. I don t need Satan on top of my sin making my life more miserable. So God, take him out! You have the right and the power to take him out. You re doing nobody wrong when you take him out. Take him out! And he doesn t do it. Why? The Bible doesn t answer why directly, so we have to go on inferences. But here is my best shot: God has ordained that Satan have a long leash with God holding onto it because he knows that when we walk in and out of those temptations, struggling both with the physical and moral effects that they bring, more of God s glory will shine in that battle than if he took Satan out yesterday. There will be evidences of God s patience with us and of his mercy towards us as we struggle with sin. And there will be evidences of his sustaining grace as we go through horrific physical suffering that Satan was the immediate cause of (as it says in the Bible: This woman. whom Satan bound for eighteen years [Luke 13:16]. She had this bent-over back, and Satan was doing it, and God was ordaining that he be allowed to do it).
God ordains all of these things so that his glory his mercy, justice, grace, wisdom would shine more brightly. Now we can argue with that and say, I don t agree. I don t think God should run the world this way. And if we ultimately disagree then we will reject God, we will reject the biblical testimony, and we will perish forever in hell. But I choose to trust him that his way of managing the devil and managing evil that comes at me is wiser than the way I might choose to manage it. Perhaps the other thing I should say is that he sent his Son right into the middle of this satanic warfare. It was Satan that put it into the heart of Judas to betray him. So Jesus exposes himself to the horrors of Satan s deceit and lies and murder He was a murderer from the beginning. [and] a liar (John 8:44) and dies, in order to make a public display of the principalities and powers in his defeat of them (Colossians 2:15). There is more glory that will come to Jesus Christ by his suffering to destroy Satan than by powerfully shooting Satan in the head. And there is more glory that will come to Jesus Christ by our sharing in the sufferings of Christ holding onto his supreme value than if we had been able to say, Satan, Depart! and never have another problem. And I think the reason for that this is my ultimate final answer is that the glory of God and Christ shines more brightly when we are seen to be supremely satisfied in Christ in spite of Satan s torments, rather than if we had his torments removed and liked Jesus because of it. It s when you love Jesus in spite of Satan s torments and through them that his glory shines most brightly, rather than when we have life made easier for us by Satan s removal and we like Jesus because of it. Do you ever feel like God isnБt answering your prayers? б I heard from someone last week who asked БHow long am I supposed to pray if God continues to ignore me? Б It might feel like God is ignoring you when He doesnБt answer your prayers the way youБre hoping. But Scripture offers us insights as to why God might appear to be silent.
One verse that IБve found most helpful in my own life Б when it comes to unanswered prayer Б is, in which the Psalmist said БNo good thing will [God] withhold from those who walk uprightly. Б I find three principles (and loads of encouragement) in this verse for why God might not be answering my prayer or yours. б 1. GodБs idea of a Бgood thingБ might be different than yours. You might be praying for a husband, a job youБve been hoping for, or to win the lottery. Why would God not give you any or all of the three? Because even though you might feel itБs good for you to be married, or to be working in a job you like, or to have more money, GodБs opinion might differ. Just because something makes us happy doesnБt mean itБs good for us, eternally. And God has our eternal best in mind. б SEE ALSO: In Jesus said, БIf you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in give good gifts to those who ask him. Бб We want our children to be happy, but not at the expense of their health, and therefore we donБt give them candy at every meal. We want them to hold down a good job, but we wonБt do that job for them because learning responsibility and the consequences of a bad decision are more healthy and good for them in the long run. Trust that God, your Heavenly Father, knows what is best for you. And while you may be heartbroken at His Бno,Б He may very well be sparing you a bigger heartache down the road. б 2. God is waiting for you to be obedient. Scripture exhorts husbands to be considerate of their wives and treat them with respect so that their prayers arenБt hindered ( ). And says Бno good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Б Are you walking uprightly? Is your life not only obedient, but surrendered to Him? If not, God may be withholding or refusing to acknowledge your prayers to get you back into line with His will and purposes. б SEE ALSO: 3. It isnБt the right time. God has three answers. Yes, no, and wait.
Because He can see whatБs eternally best for us, and He can also see whatБs coming down the road (and we canБt), trust His judgment. DonБt second-guess Him. His timing is always better than yours. If you are walking uprightly and what youБre asking for is truly a good thing then, according to, God is not withholding after all. It just isnБt time. б 4. You arenБt asking in faith. б How we pray is just as important as what we pray for. In БIf any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Б Furthermore, says, БAnd without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Б So ask in faith and without hesitation or doubting. God may be waiting for you to truly believe He can do what you are asking for. 5. God has something better for you than what you are asking for. б This is my favorite reason for why God says БnoБ but we so often forget to consider it. Because He is good and knows whatБs eternally best for us, and doesnБt want us to settle, God sometimes says no or closes a door because He has something better for us that we havenБt even thought to ask for. He is One who can do Бimmeasurably moreБ than all we can ask or imagine ( ). Trust His timing. Trust His Бno. Б And trust His idea of what is eternally best for you. He really is a good father. б Cindi McMenamin helps women and couples deal with the struggles of life through her books, (more than 125,000 copies sold), and. For more on her 15 books, national speaking ministry, and free resources to strengthen your soul, or parenting, see her website:. Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos. com Publication date: November 16, 2016
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