4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. 2 Peter 2:4-10
In this paragraph, Peter made a contrast between what God will do with the wicked and evil, versus what He has in store for the righteous. Having faith in a God we cannot see to do the things we’d rather not think about because of who might ultimately be involved is not easy.
We are still left with troubling questions about evil in the world. Why does it exist? How could He continue to allow heinous acts to be committed? Why do the righteous suffer? Why do the innocent suffer? When will He say, “Enough?!?”
Those are very reasonable questions that really don’t have clarifying and satisfactory answers. Of course the answer that nobody likes is, “I don’t know why these things happen.”
- We have faith that God does in fact know what He’s doing despite what we see, hear, and experience.
- We also have faith that the atrocities we see and – more importantly – those we don’t see will be punished.
- Lastly, we have faith that, if we are put in dangerous and violent situations, we will have the mind of Christ.