The following post is disjointed and semi incoherent. I have left it as such on purpose. Incoherence and abrupt changes in the narrative when retelling a personal story is a sign of trauma. I have recently had multiple friends go through severely traumatic events. I have left my musings in a format that is I intend as an embrace to their stories.
What do you do when faced with evil and suffering?
I typically remind myself that when Christ returns judgement day will come and the wicked will be punished and the righteous will be rewarded.
But this answer begins to waver as I am faced with greater evil and suffering. The last year I have met those whose spouse cheated and left them, watched young people avoid the feelings after being abused and five women who had been raped. One of them was raped while I was in the act of praying for her.
The light of future justice becomes a dimmer and dimmer light in the face of growing darkness.
How do I continue to believe that God is good in light of allowing such evil? Evil that could have been avoided by a text and one other person joining an event. Such a simple solution.
I want to alleviate suffering. Because of this I have a habit of looking for people who are suffering to help them. I developed a habit of seeing more evil and bad than good in the world. I fail to see the blessings and good that God provides.
These things I hold to be true.
God allows people to choose for themselves.
When people sin it is because they are carried away by their own lusts.
God prevents us from sinning in many ways that we do not see.
We never know the whole picture of how God is working in our lives.
Pain and suffering is sometimes the only thing that turn us to Christ, and that will always be worth it.
But I wonder, how do I know that turning to Christ is worth it? What do I see now?
David laments the success of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous in the Psalms. He cries out to God in honesty as he looks at the suffering of the world. Why? Where are you?
But he declares, “I am confident of this, that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
If I believe this I must look for it. I must be thankful for the good that the Lord does provide. The sun, the rain, health, friends, embraces, prayer, and recall to mind all the past times he has come through.
I want to ‘do justice, seek mercy, and walk humbly before the Lord my God’
In response to seeing pain and suffering I want to do good. Treat others well.
I must praise God that I have been counted worthy to suffer for the sake of showing others goodness.