there is a dark pit of evil. The work of God is to lift the lid on it and then let good overcome evil. Hence those who are "IN THE WAY" go through the fire of God to be tried and tested as refined gold. JB
Revelation 3:17-19 (NKJV) Because you say, "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing" and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked I counsel you to buy from Me GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Malachi 3:2-3 (NKJV) But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? FOR HE IS LIKE A REFINER'S FIRE And like launderers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.