Another day, another horrific act of evil that takes the lives of innocents. Sadly, it seems like every day lately only serves to bring us one day closer to the next unconscionable act of violence that will drive half the world’s population to its knees while the other half shakes their fists at the heavens and demands answers.
“Why, God? If you are a god of love and light, how could you let this happen?”
I, although without a skeptic’s air of righteous indignation, ask the very same question all the time and have never received an answer. In fact, no matter how many times I may ask, I am confident that I will never truly know and I am OK with that.
And I am OK with that because God is greater than our thinking and our knowledge and He cannot be fully understood. If we could fully understand and explain God, He would not be infinite.
The one thing I do know is that God did not come to Earth as a man to endure unspeakable suffering for us because He doesn’t love us or so He could turn His back on us in our darkest hours. Rest assured, even in the midst of gut wrenching tragedies we have no capacity to understand, He is with us; holding us, comforting us, and assuring us that our present situation is only temporary.
Jesus Crist himself prophesied about pain, suffering, darkness, and tribulation so they will happen. But He also promised that He would return with power and glory to put a permanent end to the suffering of the world (Matthew 24).
Yes, times may be so dark they are almost impossible to bear but we can be assured that they all have purpose and that they will not last.
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
-1 Peter 1:6-7