One of the toughest questions that I hear when it comes to faith or doubt in God is “If God is so good and loving, why do bad things happen?”  “Why doesn’t God eradicate evil?”

I will admit, that is a tough question. Even as a person who has been learning and growing in Christ for over 30 years, I still often pray for friends or family to be delivered from trials, or for God to intervene and prevent bad things from happening. God’s answers to my prayers have varied and often He allows us to trudge through our trials and allows us to all make choices that might hurt others. I myself make hurtful decisions that contribute to the sadness in the world.  I maintain that the answer is L-O-V-E.  Ultimately, we have to come to grips with the fact that humans are… (wait for it)… selfish. Unchecked, all humans are out for themselves. Just look around and watch young children play; most of their motivations for their decisions are based on their own wants and needs. In order for children to think of others first, they have to be taught and then made to practice putting others first. So when humans have an innate goal of taking care of “number 1”, decisions are often made that hurt others. God loves us enough to allow us to make our own choices and those choices can often cause harm to others. But, Praise God! He doesn’t leave it at that.

In John 16:33 Jesus tells us that “…in this world you will have trouble. But to take heart! I have overcome the world,” (NIV).  He also promises in Romans 8:28 that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (NIV).  So while God does love us enough to give us free choice, He uses his ultimate wisdom and power to work these things out for His glory and our good. That might not ease the struggle you or a loved one are going through right now, but God promises in James 1:2-3 that we can “count it all joy when (we) fall into various trials…” (NKJV) because when our faith is tested it becomes unwavering.

Next time you think about making a decision that might cause harm to someone, stop and think why doesn’t God intervene?  Why doesn’t He make me stop?  God loves us enough to allow us to make our own decisions. With that freedom of choice, He knows there will be pain and suffering in the world. BUT, what is even greater than a God who controls, is a God who uses everything we give Him to ultimately show His glory, His power, and His love. That, to me, is more amazing than anything.

So while God allows us free choice, He chose LOVE by exercising his remedy for the sin that easily entangles us. He allowed His son, Jesus, to pay the price for every poor choice you and I have ever made or ever will make. Because we have all sinned and rejected God’s ways, there is a price to pay that none of us can pay, but Jesus was willing to stand in our place; to take the punishment so we could reap the benefit of His righteousness. God loves us in our sin, paid the price for our transgressions, and is always ready to welcome us into his family with open arms.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13 (ESV)

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