This morning on our way to work (on the bus), I was reading through the book of Joel when I came across two verses: (Joel 1:4) and (Joel 2:25). Take note of the latter part of Joel 2:25 which says, “…my great army which I sent among you”. I was discussing this with my husband and I was of the opinion that I wouldn’t like to say God does evil but would prefer to say God allows evil whenever we stray away from His covering or whenever He’s putting us to test. Just like the case of Job, God allowed the devil to have his way in order to prove a point. My husband was of the opinion that God allows evil and does evil. Yes, God is good without any controversy but He kills and makes alive (1 Samuel 2:6), He is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) and He actually sent destruction as written in Joel 1:4.
Just as I was about to counter the view that God cannot do evil, he said, “…but you can’t defend God”. It was just like switching on the light in a dark room. Eureka!!! That’s true! Initially, it was a bit hard for me to accept without an argument but there we go! That statement was all I needed to hear to convince me that truly God has angels of destruction (Revelation 9:13-21), he wiped out His creation during the time of Noah (Genesis 7:21-24) and utterly destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24). Was it the devil who did all of that? Not at all mate! God sent his angels.
I concluded within me that the difference between God and the devil is that the devil does only evil (John 10:10) but God does good and evil (Jeremiah 18:8,11; Micah 2:3) depending on what the situation is. No wonder some are specialists and internationally-recognized icons for defending God. This unjustifiable nature of defending a God who is big enough to defend Himself has led to “honour” and dishonour killings, maiming and other forms of brutal and inhuman actions against fellow beings. Why don’t we just have a rethink, stop the violence and let God be God!