What about all of the evil that comes into our lives though, does God cause it? What about all of the adversity that bogs us down in our spiritual walk, is God the source of this? We know that He will do as He pleases, but Psalm 5:4 tells us that "God does not take pleasure in wickedness, and that evil will not dwell with us." We know in Romans 8:28 He tells us that "All things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose", and as we saw earlier about His purpose being accomplished, we can begin to view the bad things in a different light. We can view them as necessary.
When Eve was tempted in the garden, was she tempted by God? Not at all, yet He allowed the temptation to occur. Why? Because it was His choice to allow it to happen; He had a plan. When Job endured all of the horrible things that Satan brought upon him, was this God tempting him to sin? No, but He allowed it to happen to further His plan in the manner that He saw fit. Knowing that He is truly in control, and knowing that His plan will be accomplished can give us more confidence in the every day happenings of life. These things are necessary in order for us to become who He has planned for us to be. Every temptation, every tragedy, every joy, every sorrow, every aspect of life that we encounter is either caused by or allowed by God Himself. In the book of Jeremiah, another example is given of God's purpose for the various things in our lives. In verses 11-12 of chapter 29 He says,
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an EXPECTED end. Then ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you".
Things happen because God has an expected end, and as the earlier verses stated, his purpose will be accomplished. The gospel in its entirety has been accomplished only because things that were necessary came into being. In Jesus' life alone it was necessary that He leave His home in glory to live as a man here on earth, it was necessary that He be crucified in order to pay the penalty for our sins, and it was necessary that He be resurrected from the dead in order to conquer death and reign as Lord of Lords. Luke 24:46 makes it perfectly clear that this was the case by saying,
"Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day…".
The word "behoved" is translated from the Greek word dei, which means it is necessary (as binding). This means that the act had a cohesive effect in that it bound things previously done with things that were to come; it had to happen. In short, the act was completely and utterly necessary in order for God's plan to come to fruition.