If God Is All Powerful, Why Do Sinners Flourish Today?

  • God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.
  • Satan has to get permission from God for evil.
  • Jesus explains the meaning of His parable.
  • Who are we to question God?
  • Life is a drop in the ocean compared to eternity.

God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. God is in control of everything in the universe. God even created Satan. Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.

In the book of Job, Satan had to get permission from God to inflict pain and suffering on Job. Job 1:9-12 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” God knew Job would not forsake Him so he let Satan destroy everything Job had in order to prove that God is in complete control of everything that happens on earth. Later God blessed Job far beyond what Job lost.

Eventually God will come and judge the world and separate the righteous from the wicked.

God is:

Omnipotent:“Having unlimited power, authority, or influence” God is all powerful and created the universe out of nothing.

  1. Exodus 4:11 “The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 
  2. Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that I myself am He!  There is no god besides me.  I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.” Only the creator has the right t to destroy what He has created.
  3. 1 Samuel 2:6-7 “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.”
  4. Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD works out everything for his own ends— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Eventually God will come and judge the world and separate the righteous from the wicked.
  5. Proverbs 22:2 “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.” 

Omnipresent– “Present in all places at all times” God is everywhere and beyond the limits of time.. There is no escaping Him!

2 Peter 3:8 “Why Do Sinners Flourish Today?

  1. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
  2. Daniel 4:35 “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
  3. Job 12:23He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.”
  4. Ecclesiastes 7:14 “When times are good, be happy: but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” It is all God and man has no say in the matter!
  5. Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.” 

OmniscientHaving infinite awareness, understanding and awareness” God knows everything past, present and future! 

  1. Psalm 135:6 “The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.”
  2. Proverbs 16:9In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” It’s all God. 
  3. Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.” 
  4. Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”  

All the above Bible passages prove that God is all powerful and in complete control of everything on earth. So, why does God let evil flourish? Jesus gave us the answer: Matthew 13:24-30 “Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Everyone on earth is either lost or saved, a child of God or a child of Satan.

Later in the chapter Jesus explains the meaning of the parable: Matthew 13:36-43: “Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” God does not want to destroy the innocent with the guilty so He gives man time to clearly show weather he is His child or Satan’s child.

Everyone on earth is either lost or saved, a child of God or a child of Satan. However, we don’t know who will repent and be saved at the last minute like the thief on the cross. Also, we are not to judge anyone: Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Who are we to question God?

  1. Isaiah 64:8:Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
  2. Romans 9:21:Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?”

The bottom line is, it makes little difference if the lost live one hundred plus years old they are going to spend eternity in Hell. Also, what difference does it make if you are saved but die very young but go directly to Heaven? Life on earth is just a drop in the ocean when compared to eternity and eternity is forever! Yes, it will be difficult on the surviving family and friends, but hopefully they will meet them in Heaven.

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Bob Sayre

Robert (Bob) W. Sayre, Sr. grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University. Later he was an executive in several independent distributors. He resides now in St Charles, MO. Prior to retiring, Robert owned three remodeling companies. After he retired, he volunteered at Salvation Army, Oasis Food Pantry, “Jobs for Life” and helping the homeless. He also wrote a book: “The Truth Will Set You Free, Eleven Myths Satan Uses to Deceive Man”. He is now the CEO at Developing Our World.  

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