Dr. Cacia Pimentel is a Brazilian Haggai leader and attorney, and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Below, she reflects on the question of God and suffering.
We live in a world that says, “If there were a God, He would not be good, for allowing so much poverty and evil.”
However, since the prophets, God insists on making it clear that He does not take pleasure in the wickedness and death of the wicked, but expects the wicked to turn from his way and live (Ezekiel 33:11). And He takes no pleasure in anyone’s death; He calls us to eternal life (Ezekiel 18:32). He is the God who forgives and regenerates those who submit to Him (Jonah 4:2; Micah 7:18).
And He is the God who through Jesus suffers in our place and even suffers with us in our distresses (Galatians 2:20; John 17:19; Isaiah 53:10-11).
His Glory will soon restore all creation. He will wipe away every tear, and end misery, pain, and injustice.
There is still time to recognize our insufficiency and declare that Jesus, the Son, is God and to Him all Glory is due (2 Peter 1:7). Believe, renew your hope that all evil will be defeated, and all the good we see here is just a shadow of the joy we will have in living the eternity that He promises us. Protect your heart against the indifference and disbelief of these times.
Meditate a little on these texts, so that you can also joyfully declare to God what the psalmist expressed in Psalm 100: “Serve the Lord with joy, come before him with songs.
Recognize that the Lord is God! He created us and we belong to Him; we are His people, the flock He shepherds.
“For the Lord is good! His love endures forever, and His faithfulness through all generations.”