“I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.” vs. 7
The presence of evil in the world has been a perplexing question from the beginning of human consciousness. Again and again while struggling with pain we wonder why God couldn’t have made a world in which only good things happen. It’s a “why” that seems beyond our capacity to comprehend…and yet we persist in asking, “Why is there evil?” Today’s text provides an answer of sorts…and it’s really rather simple. Isaiah tells us that light and darkness, together with their partners, weal and woe, are God’s doing. They are a part of the fabric of creation. Neither goodness or light can even exist without their opposites. In order for the world to be discernibly good, it was necessary for evil to exist. Of course God wants us to know and experience light, but we wouldn’t even know it was present if there weren’t darkness. Admittedly this truth is little comfort in those moments when we’re struggling with the forces of evil and feeling great pain in our lives, but it does help to know that God is in control, and that that all things have their origin in God. We will never be able to comprehend God…that’s too much for our little human minds…but one day the One who made us will welcome us home…and our questions will end.
Thought for the Day: What if there were no evil in the world?