Friday, October 09, 2015

Bloesch: confronting evil

Friday, October 9, 2015
    Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
    Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253
You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
    with you the wicked cannot dwell.
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
    you hate all who do wrong.
    —Psalm 5:4-5 (NIV)
    Evil is not God’s will but that we are brought into contact with evil is his will. He uses evil to bring evil to nought. God is not the direct cause of evil, but he is the cause of the overthrow of evil. This means that in our prayer life we should not meekly submit to evil but instead boldly lay hold of the power of God to combat evil and overcome it.
    ... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 33 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 5:4; Luke 6:27-30; Rom. 12:21; 1 Pet. 3:9,17; Jas. 1:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me to overcome evil.
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