I have been sitting on this post for a long time, in the back of my mind, knowing I was going to write it. It is probably the toughest one of this series, so I have been putting it off.
If you read the previous posts, you should no doubt believe God is able, and God loves you. Those are simple but profound statements. Putting them together brings a very difficult to accept conclusion. It goes to the root of “what is evil,” but I want to leave most of that to the following post in this series.
God is not delinquent in bringing about His will. He is not surprised. He does not forget to act, He does not forget about you. He is a purposeful God, with intentions that run the full length of history. God is in control, He is able to take care of everything. He loves us, beyond what we can comprehend. He directs our lives in such a way as to get us to grow and to change into the men He wants us to be. All the while we have a freewill, yet are unable to surprise Him by our choices. He knows what lies before us. He knows how hard it will be, and yet, He wants us to go through it. I know there is a lot of nasty stuff going on in the world, I live close to a lot of it. But that does not negate the reality of those two answers. Doubting that takes us down the road of Job, and I do not want to have the “smack” brought down on me like that.
I started out the series by using the phrase “heart know.” Living like we know that God is able, and that God loves us completely changes the way we approach life. God is not concerned with the same things you or I are. We are motivated by self, He is love. God is concerned about us, not our stuff, not our bodies, not our health. He cares about the eternal you, not the now you. God wants us to grow up.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NKJV
God is not afraid to do what it takes to bring Himself glory through us. More often than not that means tough stuff. The stripping of the desires of the flesh is a difficult process, and one that is not done completely before death.
So why does a loving God do it? Why would He allow such atrocities, even to His own children?
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
Atrocities are a human measure of what is happening. We are looking at temporary things. This is but for a moment. God is concerned about the “eternal weight of glory” and so should we.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
What are the worst thing believers go through? Because even those cannot be compared to the glory God is working for eternity.
That is a story worth writing about, and He did. He wrote it all for us, because of His love.
Edit: The next in the series is “The Battlefield.”