It is inevitable that we will suffer from some hardship over the course of our lifetime. When I was just a young girl, I became a victim to sexual abuse. Statistics overwhelmingly prove that I am not alone in this. I never understood the capacity of what had happened until I became older. It wasn’t until I was college-age that I truly processed the events that occurred.
This began a vicious cycle- an entrapment- of really unwise decisions. I made myself even more of a target. I thought to myself that my purity was taken, my morals were useless, and my value was damaged. Thus, creating for myself a lifestyle of ruin.
I made careless choices. I had bad dating experiences. I had ill-feelings about my self-worth.
After six years of college, I went on to begin my career. I met my, now, husband. I pursued my faith, again. I became more mature with knowledge and with God’s truth. I learned to forgive my perpetrator. I saw the value in forgiving myself for the unwise decisions I made. I became free under Christ and by God’s grace.
One of the things I disliked hearing regarding what had happened in my life was when someone placed blame on God. “How could God let something like that happen to an innocent child”? I refuse to believe that our loving Father would purposely let that happen. Nor, is there any scripture to back up that claim.
What occurred, stemmed from a single person’s selfish desires. An alluring deception from their childhood abuse. Allowing (their) self to be overcome with the evil ways from the ruler of this world, Satan himself.
My question, then, is how could anyone blame God for evil when evil is from His adversary, the devil. “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.”- Isaiah 5:20 (NLT).
Simply put, evil is darkness. 1 John 1:5 expresses, “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” If something hurts you, it is evil and it is not of God. Darkness is to blame.
I believe that God let my unfortunate circumstance be used for good, for His purposes and intentions (Romans 8:28). That’s truth. I believe that I am meant to share this message. Not for personal gain or for sympathy. Instead, to help someone overcome their vicious cycle- their entrapment.
Abuse comes in many forms. Pains, hurts, and bad experiences are not limited to these. If you are also a victim of darkness, I want to encourage you with hope for a better tomorrow.
God gives us the ability to sniff out and snuff out darkness. Let’s equip ourselves with scripture to identify the deceit of evil. Let’s extinguish evil with the light of Jesus that releases power to overcome it.
- Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.- Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
- Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.- Galatians 5:17-18 (NLT)
- The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.- John 1:4-5 (NLT)
- And I will rescue you… Yes, I am sending you… to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.- Acts 26:17-18 (NLT)
Yes, there is evil in this world. And it takes its form as darkness. We must not allow ourselves to continue to be entrapped by it. Be free. Follow God’s truth. Allow His light to guide you and to shine within you!
“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.”- Ephesians 5:8-9 (NLT)