Who is God? No, I mean really! Do you ever feel like you don't even know Him? Of course, you think you do, until you see some other aspect of His character and Being. He is multi-faceted, and appears to be ever-changing, like the kaleidoscope. Yet He changes not. Malachi 3:6 We are merely allowed these fleeting glimpses of a God in motion; the creative, working God of action. And, the Bible says He never sleeps. Psalm 121:4
You see these two "God nevers" give a lot of information about who God is to us. Actually, it's no surprise that we get this feeling that we don't really even know God, because right there in Isaiah 45:5 God complained, "though thou hast not known me." So, not only do we not know God, but God knows that we don't really know Him, and He's not happy about it.
But you are feeling a little uneasy about my title, right? Can I call the righteous God of love a Creator of Evil? Really, the devil gets too much credit. Look at Isaiah 45:7. God formed light... and as a result created darkness. Darkness would not be known, had not the light first existed. Who is this God, that by virtue of His forming light in His own Being, He created darkness as an antithesis?
But, it doesn't stop there. God makes peace, and evil is the flip side of the coin. You know, Paul talked about this very thing, along the vein of sin and righteousness in Romans 7:18-19, 20-21.
The very existence of peace creates evil. That means we can generalize here and say that God, by virtue of His character of love, created hatred. God, because of His Holy person, caused sin to run rampant, simply because all holiness is in Him.If you want to be holy, you have to stand close to God.
This makes sense in the realm of physics. Ever notice that if you are near someone smoking, the smoke heads straight for you... a nonsmoker? It's not your imagination, but it's osmosis. Things tend to move from an area of greater concentration to an area of lesser concentration. So, seeing that you are surrounded by nice clean, carcinogen-free oxygen, the cigarette smoke avoids all the smoke saturated smokers, and fills up your breathing space, trying to even it out.
So, God is holy. Filthiness fills the space where God's holiness is not operating, by default. God is love. Leave God out of your life and you find yourself filled with hatred and anger. God is joy, but leave God out and you will be a sad person.
But, if the idea still bothers you that God created evil, look back at the last phrase..."I the Lord do all these things." You see, God has spent the last few pages of this portion of Isaiah obsessing over the fact that He created everything. But, we still don't realize in our hearts that God actually created everything... even our turmoil, our pain, our defeated situations. Of course there is an antidote for all these ailments. God is the antidote, seeing that we sometimes suffer the aforementioned repercussions due to not allowing God to operate in every situation. And, sometmes we are cut off from His presence by those around us, against our own decisions. But, God is as close as the name Jesus.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of
God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
One thing is sure; we will fully comprehend God's person in the eternal state. In the meantime, we are like Moses, watching the glory pass by from our little hole in the ground. Amazingly, this God in motion has captured me, heart and soul, though my mind cannot fully contain Him. Exodus 33:18