~”Start Over” – Flame Feat. NF~
The questions that surround the mystery of evil, like why does suffering exist? why such overwhelming hurt? why never-ending tears? Questions like these cut beyond the genetic make up of our collective cells. Our hearts yearn for an answer. A genuine answer. A heartfelt answer. If God is good, and He is, then why is this world so messed up. Why is my life so screwed up. Surely an infinite God could fix this in an instant. A heart churns, why does a good God continue the pain unrelentlessly? Why does He prolong my torture? Why does He drag me along in vanity? With little thought and little truth many twist the character of God or others are lead to conclude that there is no God. The reconciliation between the obvious evil in this world to a perfectly good God seems irreconcilable. To wrestle with this dilemma shows an understanding that is no longer shallow and a heart that is wrenching from the reality and numbness of circumstances.
“I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;” [Psalms 101:2 ESV]
From personal experience and interaction with others I believe the heart issue is not why is their evil? Because, if we were honest most of us understand that we are evil. We are full of selfishness, we choose the path of least resistance, and we desire our own agenda first. The real issue I believe is “does God care?” If the God of the universe who spoke into existence the stars, heavens and oceans with a word genuinely cares, then that changes everything.
The first evil lead to the very fabric of creation shattering like a glass on concrete when Adam & Eve ignored God’s command. Yet God clothed them to cover their nakedness.
The greatest evil came down on Himself. God sent His own son and this world butchered Him. Yet God raised him from the dead. The promise is the same to all who believe in Jesus.
“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” [John 6:40 ESV]
I’m not going to belittle the reality that there is dark dark evil. To which I can only imagine that some have had to suffer through beyond my most horrifically envisioned nightmare. I will say from experience that God is good, that He does care, and He is not done yet. Because of His patience with evil I am alive. Because I’m alive I can understand. Because I understand I can rest. Because I can rest I can care.
May God soften us so that we might be useful to proclaim God’s goodness through great evil.