DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Beware of calling evil good

God's "woe" on those who mix up good and evil is a promise of judgment.

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Rev. Paul McKibben

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever and shrewd in their own sight” (Isaiah 5:19-21).

God knows the difference between good and evil. God is good and the devil is evil. In the Lord’s prayer we are taught to pray deliver us from evil, or the evil one.

Many today do not want to be delivered from evil; they want to enjoy the pleasures of sin while they last. They want to do what they want to do, and so they call their evil deeds good.

Satan will brag about how wonderful sin is before you do it, and then degrade you for doing it afterwards. His greatest achievement is when he can convince you that your sin and rebellion against God is a good thing, and there will be no judgement for it.

God’s spokesman Isaiah told us, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” I do not want to be subject to one of God’s woes.


For those of us who believe, God said it and that settles it. So, it is much easier to know the truth and separate good from evil. However, many of us have used the Bible to condemn others and have not used it as a guide for our own hearts. God forgive us, and help us to repent and turn to Jesus for power to change!

Many today try to use the Bible to defend the indefensible: To say that because God breathed life into Adam and Eve, life does not begin until a baby breathes. This is to deny many other things that God says about life in the womb. It also denies scientific facts about prenatal life.

To say helping people die before their time is “pro-life” is calling evil good. God did say, “Thou shalt not kill.” That includes unborn babies and those who may want to die.

There may be a time when we need to take life support away and let nature take its course, but that is not purposely killing a human life. Life is a sacred thing created by God.

The “woe” from God is a promise of judgement. God has many times turned away judgement when people repent and turn from their sin and trust God and do what he says. That means we can repent and turn to God and be forgiven and released from that judgement.

If you have been deceived and you realize that God has a final word that settles the issue, let God change your heart, forgive you, and heal you.

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

This means that there is always hope if we will turn to God.


Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage.

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