When we hurt, when we suffer, especially in the face of evil, we may have the tendency to think and cry out such things as “Where is God? How could He let this happen? Why didn’t God stop this? If God is so good and loves me, then why am I going through this right now? Why doesn’t God see, and understand what I am going through? Why did God turn His back on me?”
If you’ve walked with the Lord for any time now, you know that God is perfect, holy, righteous, loving, kind, helpful, protective, caring, discerning, incorruptible, infallible, pure, moral, all-seeing, all-knowing – and I am sure that you could add so many more adjectives to describe God. So then, can the creator of everything good, be capable of evil? God is love, God is light, God is pure. Just as the light vanquishes the darkness; in something that is pure, there can be no evil.
When life hurts, God is there. He is not behind the scenes orchestrating evil or malicious acts upon people. He’s not prompting or whispering evil intent into the hearts of his children. He is not up on some grand stage, pulling the strings of people like some renowned puppet master. That’s not God! He does not perpetrate evil to accomplish His purpose. God does not inflict evil on the world in the hopes of producing something good. The simple fact is that God gives human beings freedom to choose how they will act, and in whom they will follow. And we humans make choices, with each choice leading to consequences that effect ourselves and others. Some people will misuse the freedom that God gives us and their actions will produce evil.
But when Satan, our adversary, perpetrates evil against us, God is with us. He is always with us. He holds our hands when we grieve. God sends others to support and minister to us when we are sick or feel hopeless. He whispers words of encouragement to us when we are discouraged. God walks the long road with us, and when we are tired, God carries us. God takes the circumstances in which His children are immersed and allows the impacts of those circumstances and experiences to mould us and shape us into children whose images better represent Jesus to this lost and fallen world. My favorite teaching Pastor, Brad Powell, said “When we focus on the why we get angry. When we focus on the reason [for our suffering], it’s something that we can’t control…Until we know a little bit more about running the universe we need to just trust Him. God is wise enough to create and run this universe, we should be wise enough to trust Him.”
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5, ESV)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13, ESV)
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, ESV)