[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hy did God let this happen? It is the question vocalized repeatedly following weeks like the week we have just experienced. The seeming irreconcilable difference between the power of a good God and the presence of evil in the world baffles many to their grave. In philosophy and theology this dichotomy has its own name: the problem of evil. Trying to explain it is sometimes called a theodicy.
It is not necessary to reconcile every evil event with an equal and opposite work of God. One may still believe that God will eradicate all evil in the end. Paul alludes to such a view in Romans 8:19-23
For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility–not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it–in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves, who have the Spirit as the firstfruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (HCSB)
Singer, songwriter, musician Ben Shive captured this poetically and meaningfully in his song, “Rise Up.” It is not a mere pep-rally for the disappointed. It is a song of hope for those whose trust in God outdistances their ability to understand Him.