Thoughts for the Day

Friday, 2nd December 2022: Evil in the world

Matthew 13 Sinners Kingdom of Heaven The World Christians God

Reading : Verses from Matthew, Chapter 13

Wheat and weeds

Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’

(Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)


Their seems to be a lot of evil in our world at the moment. In the last month alone our televisions have been full of the following news: Russia seeks to cut off electricity and water to Ukrainian towns just at the onset of winter; a gunman kills children in a primary school; another gunman kills his co-workers in a supermarket; and a man setts fire to a flat killing a young mother and her two children. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Every day there have been similar incidents around the world, and often we feel totally helpless faced with a continuous barrage of such news. What can we do as individuals to stop such evil spreading?

The parable of the 'Weeds among the Wheat' goes some way to helping us understand such evil in our world. Jesus has taught that the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew's term for the Kingdom of God) is partially here, but it's not complete. Where love is shown there is evidence of the Kingdom, but until God brings it to completion then there will still be evil present. In the parable, the 'weeds' (the wicked) are sown by an enemy among the 'wheat' (God's people). God is the 'Master', and His instructions are quite clear. Both will grow together until harvest, and then the wicked will be dealt with and God's people will be gathered into Heaven.

So have faith in God, and endeavour to show love through every action you make, and so help hasten the completion of God's Kingdom.


Almighty God,
sometimes we feel helpless
when faced with the evil in our world.
As individuals we feel powerless,
but You have taught us to be faithful and patient.
Our task is to live the best life we can
as faithful Christians,
and to show our beliefs through our actions
so that others will be drawn to You.
Give us the confidence to know
that You will deal with the wicked in due course.

Follow Up Thoughts

Sometimes we are lulled into doubt that God has already won the battle over evil. You might like to look at these hymns:

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