Duty is ours,

Results are God’s – John Quincy Adams

Have you ever heard that it was okay to do a little evil for a greater good? This thinking is called pragmatism. Whatever the foundation of pragmatism, it is not the Bible. God does not ask us to participate in evil, whatever the motive.

Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Notice the two commands: (1) Trust in God and (2) Do good. Following God is that simple. We are not commanded to use the Bible as a guideline and decide when it is best to trust our own reasoning. We are not commanded to a little evil so good comes. No, we are commanded to do good. You see, the moment we decide to sin (lie, cheat, steal, etc.) for a greater good, we stop trusting God. We stop believing that He knows best. In essence, we are saying that when God gave the command: do not (lie, cheat, steal, etc.) He didn’t know what He was doing. “He couldn’t possibly have known or understood my situation,” we might say. But that thinking is very off base.

God knows all. There is nothing hidden from the eyes of God. He knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. He even knows what would have happened if any specific person had done something differently. We, on the other hand, know practically nothing. (no offense) But let’s face it, we perceive the present by our limited and finite human understanding. We hear about the past from other finite minds, and we have virtually no idea concerning what the future will hold. The only absolute truth we have is from God, and as humans we can and often will interpret His instruction incorrectly. We cannot trust ourselves to know what the outcome of any one of our actions will be.

In review, we should trust God to know the end result of His commandments. If He has commanded it, it is good. If it is good, we should do it despite whether or not it looks like the outcome will be for the best. All we must do is faithfully obey and trust God to know what is best. What will be the result? We will dwell in the land that God has for us, and we will be provided for. Isn’t that a great promise?

And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Romans 3:8

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