Bert looked into time from heaven and saw the atrocities carried out in the human realm. Absolutely aghast, he pointed to one unspeakable scene and asked God about it. “How can you allow it? Look what evil is setting in motion down there?”
“There’s no one better than the devil for creating a tragedy like that!” God said.
“But God, that man is one of your people…oh, that poor man!”
“I gave the freedom to choose between good and evil,” God said, his face sad. “No matter what they choose, they all live there together. Sometimes, those who choose my way are impacted by those who don’t.” He slowly shook his head. “It’s always painful when that happens.”
“But those people right there have no choice,” Bert protested. “Evil is being crammed down their throats! That isn’t a choice!”
“Now, Bert,” God said patiently, “have I ever let pain go unavenged?”
“No…no, but…” Bert cringed from the sight, unable to bear anymore.
“Watch!” God put his arm around Bert’s hunched shoulders and turned him again. “Look right over there, by the wall.”
“That one? He looks nearly dead. Is he praying?”
“Ah, Bert, you should hear his prayers!” Intense love flashed in God’s eyes like lightning. “Simple prayers from an aching heart. This is triumph over evil. Trusting me-that is the choice.” God smiled through sparkling tears of love. “Isn’t he magnificent?”
Together they stood in silence, and Bert began to see as God did.
“Now watch this, Bert.” God spoke softly, never letting his eyes leave the scene. He called for Michael and the archangel appeared.
“Go down and get him, Michael.” The tears of divine joy spilled over. “I’ll arrange the party.”
It is impossible for us to understand the ways of God as they are so much higher than our ways. From our perspective life on earth seems to be nothing but chaos; however, the Bible promises us that God is in control. Regardless of whether we understand God’s plan, we can always trust His love for us. His love is clearly seen in the death of His own Son, Jesus!