A great biblical truth that springs forth from Scripture is that God never wills to bring evil in the lives of His children. In Jeremiah 29:11 God states “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Notice that God’s thoughts are constantly of peace and not of evil. As God’s will is to bring the fullness of peace into the lives of His children, we’ll see in a second that His will is also to keep His children out of every evil thing.
God’s thoughts are never about anything evil, so in other words, God is never our problem. It’s this type of understanding of the fact of Scripture which is vital to our experiencing a powerful prayer life, since when we know God’s will for our lives we will have the ability to consult with our God properly.
Let us look at the word evil found in Jeremiah 29:11 in greater detail, because this word evil warrants critical analysis regarding our capacity to comprehend God’s will toward us. God’s Word is His will therefore it’s vital that we’ve got a proper discernment of God’s Word, since our beliefs about God will directly affect His capacity to get involved in our own affairs.
The word bad found here in Jeremiah 29:11, ” according to The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is translated “Bad, disagreeable, malignant, unpleasant… as in giving pain, unhappiness or misery; sad; and unkind as in a vicious disposition.” It comprises “Bad, in a general way with respect to persons, and of thoughts, or in deeds and actions.” I feel the term evil in Jeremiah 29:11 speaks to anything and everything that has the ability to cause pain and suffering of any type: to our spirit, our spirit, or our entire body.
It is important to note that God never says that a child of His would not have bad stuff in her or his life; nonetheless, He does emphatically declare that evil does not come from Him. His will is that His children not have evil or bad things in their lives, but have good things.