Deuteronomy 29:29 (KJV)
29The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). When Joseph, innocent of wrongdoing, finally came through his horrific sufferings, he was able to see God’s good plan in it all (see Genesis 50:19–21).
1. It is impossible to understand how evil and ruthless mankind can be.
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mark 7:21 ESV For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
Genesis 6:5 (ESV)
5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- None of us are good, anyway.
We must remember that there are no “good” people, in the absolute sense of the word. All of us are tainted by sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). As Jesus said, “No one is good—except God alone” (Luke 18:19).
We live in a fallen world, and we experience the effects of the fall. One of those effects is injustice and seemingly senseless suffering.
- We don’t get what we deserve, and we don’t deserve what we get!
Romans 1:18 (ESV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Lamentations 3:22 - 23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;£ his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”