Suffering and Evil

“Why does God allow evil and suffering?  Look at the cross of Jesus.  It can’t be that he doesn’t love us.  It can’t be that he is indifferent.” Tim Keller

It’s 9/11.  Reading that simple sentence evokes something different within each of us.

I was feeding my one-year-old daughter when the Today Show caught my attention.  I watched for hours, embracing Hannah tightly.  It was horrific.  I remember thinking…Hannah has no idea that what is happening in our world at this moment will forever transform the world in which she grows up.

It truly altered us all in some way.

Whether you were sitting in a college dorm, flying on a plane, or watching with coworkers that day, you remember where you were, what you were doing, and what you were thinking.

We each have a story about that day.  Some lost loved ones.  Some lost friends.  We discovered new heroes and began to understand words like “terrorism” and “war” in a new, more tangible way.

We suffered as a nation and as the human race.

Eleven years ago we asked, “Why?”  Today, we ask, “Why?”  Why does God allow suffering and evil in this world?

I participated in David Platt’s Secret Church on the cross and suffering in April.  It lasted about six hours.  Platt read scripture after scripture, detailing suffering and evil in God’s word.

It was like drinking from a fire hydrant.  I couldn’t process all he covered in marathon fashion, but I can best sum up those six hours with…

We live in a sinful, fallen world.  Period.

Still, there’s one thing to which we can cling, especially when we don’t understand and are hurting: the Cross.

Romans 6-8:  When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

When we focus on the cross and Christ’s suffering for us – suffering that occurred while we were still sinners – we know that he loves us.  That he’s not indifferent.   That He is in control.

Please join me today in honoring 9/11 by sharing your story and/or your prayers in the comments or on Making Much of Him 365’s Facebook page.  I’d love to hear your story and pray with you.

Comments

  1. I remeber. I was still in school but living with Jerry in a town house. I went down stairs to see what the weather was going to be for that day. My eyes watched the events unfold but my brain could not grasp that it was real. I called my best friend Kasey and remembered asking her “what is goig on”? still on the phone with one another, we watched it in silence.
    A week later i remeber hearing from my momthat my cousins had made plans to have lunch in the trade center that day. one cancelled due to illness. they could have been in that building along with all the others that lost their lives that day.
    I remember. and I will not forget.

    • Thanks for sharing, Beth:) I remember thinking, “what is going on?” too…there was speculation after the first plane hit that it was an accident. Perhaps the pilot had had a heartache and veered off course. But, after plane two hit, I remember Matt Lauer saying that this is intentional.

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