God is not oblivious to the evil that has entered our world and sometimes our lives.
“For the son of man is going to come in His Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” Matthew 16:27
God created persons in His own image, which among other things, means we have been given a free will. God has given us the ability to choose. He wants us to choose to love Him first.
When Jesus was asked, what is the most important commandment, he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:29-31).
But for love to be real, it cannot be forced. It has to come from a willing heart. You choose to love. That’s the nature of love.
God does not force His love upon us. We choose to love God.
When we choose not to love God, evil enters and takes over. We see evidence of this all over the world in family quarrels, riots, terrorist attacks, wars…
God is not oblivious to the evil that has entered our world and sometimes our lives. A day of judgment is coming when evil doers will be punished and the earth will be made right again (Revelation 16:7). Jesus promised: “For the Son of man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” (Matthew 16:27).
In the meantime, God is present in our suffering. He’s suffering along with us. Isaiah asks, “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15,16).
Imagine your name is written on the palm of God’s hand. He loves you that much.
Father, I don’t understand what is happening. I don’t like what is happening. But I know You love me and want only the best for me. I want to trust You more.