Why Does Evil Seem to Win?
“Mom, why would God let that other team win when they were poor sportsmen, and we played with integrity?”
This is the question my daughter posed to me just last week. Their volleyball team was in the state tournament. Combine a series of bad referee calls with an injured starter, and they fell from #2 to #4. How do you answer a teenager who has that question?
Please understand, I’m not a perfect parent. I don’t have all the answers. But right away, the Lord brought the Psalms to mind. Over and over throughout that book, He speaks about the wicked and evildoers seeming to win. Then He reassures His people that the wicked will not prosper forever, and the righteous will receive their reward. (See Psalm 37 in particular.)
I reassured my daughter that her team may not have walked out of that gym with a trophy, but they walked out of there with their heads held high. In the end, that is what matters most. Yes, the loss stings. Yes, it will sting for a while. But in the end, the Lord gave them something more long-lasting.
She struggled with that answer, but her smile has returned, and I see peace in her face. One day, she’ll thank the Lord for this experience.
Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels and prairie romance novellas. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their two daughters. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her blog, The Story behind the Story, at www.liztolsma.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), and LinkedIn. She is also a regular contributor to the Pencildancer blog and the Midwest Almanac blog.