Do you ever just feel absolutely overwhelmed or overcome by the evil in the world? Or by the evil that comes at you from the people or the circumstances in your own life?
I do. And when that is the case, we must remember that we have not been left powerless or without choice. Sometimes our choice is much simpler than we realize or remember. God directs us and enables us to do things God’s way. To overcome evil with good.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21
I am humbled beyond explanation by God’s call on my life to enter so intimately into the lives of others as I speak, write, counsel and teach from God’s Word about His love, grace and truth. Humbled and thankful. In awe of God. In awe of what God can do in our lives.
Yet, I have a confession: There are times I just want to run away and hide. There are times I want to just stop listening and talking to anyone and everyone. There are times I want to stop trying. There are times I feel overcome by all of the meanness and evil and pain and ugliness and poverty and injustice and brokenness and cruelty and selfishness there is in this world. There is in me. There is in us. There is in the way we treat others. There is in the way we live.
And, then, there it is. There it comes again. Unfailingly. God’s powerful, sweet whoosh of goodness and love. God’s good love.
And God quiets me.
God offers Himself as my hiding place.
God gives my mind His Sabbath rest.
And there, God renews me with His eternal perspective.
God reminds me, tenderly and strongly, that Jesus Christ has already overcome all the power of evil for all eternity with His good love.
God overcomes. God wins.
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. – Romans 9:16
And I can breathe again.
I can listen and speak and stay in the moment – even in the midst of the unleashed fury of ugly and evil – to love people again with, and only because of, the power of God’s good love that overcomes evil. It never depends on me. Not ever. It all depends on God and His good love and mercy. Always.
We are not to be overcome by evil. Not ever. We are to overcome evil with good. Always.
May we each choose to listen, to trust and obey and to be empowered by the truth of God’s good love for all of us. May we each choose to overcome evil with good. With that one person. In that one situation. With one good thought. With one good word. With one good action. One day at a time. Each day of our lives.