Frankly, serving God and the public as a pastor, is not always an easy commitment for my life’s work. Daily, I receive tear jerking letters from people who are tired of the pain and suffering that their family, friends and themselves often endure.
Very rarely, do such letters omit the question, ‘why does God permit so much pain and suffering to go on in this world?’
It took me years to realize myself, who is actually responsible for the pain and suffering many of us have and or now experiencing.
Who is the Ruler of This World?
In answering who is the ruler of this world, we can consult God’s word, the Bible, which tells us that the world belongs to Satan. Please consider how Satan attempted to sway Jesus in to turning away from his father. “ Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9)
Jesus could not be tempted by being offered something from a person who did not have the authority to offer it. Certainly Jesus knew at that time who the world belongs to, as in evidence by his reply to Satan. Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10)
No one rejoices more in the pain and suffering of God’s children than God’s and our adversary, Satan. The Bible describes Satan as a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1Peter 5:8)
Additionally, the Bible tells us that Satan is very desperate to destroy all of God’s creations and he is full of wrath, because he only has a short time left to do it. (Revelation 12:12)
Satan’s rulership has resulted in what some people refer to as “the world having gone nuts.” For instance, the coronavirus pandemic may have forever changed how many people will go forward interacting with others. Social distancing, the wearing of masks and the fear of being around others, have compelled many people to be weary of others and to irrational anger.
Divisions in political beliefs, how the police enforce the law and anger over equal opportunities between different races and sexual preferences, has thousands of people protesting and many committing violent crimes against property and or other people. Seriously, it should be a mystery to anyone in America how a large group of people ran a police department out of a large metropolitan area and then took over the area, refusing to obey the law and making up their own rules to live by.
The fact is that there is way too much pain and suffering going on in the world today. Wars, earthquakes, tornado’s, violence, famine, diseases, deviant sexual behavior and a growing disrespect for world leaders and the police who enforce our laws, has never been so prevalent as it is today.
So why did God give the world to Satan? The answer to that question can be found in our article entitled, ‘Why is Satan Allowed to Rule the World?’