Trust in God grows from time spent in the battles of life. Just as soldiers grow to trust their commander because of experiencing faithfulness, we grow to trust God, first in the small struggles. When we “grow up in faith,” through practices of prayer, giving, worshipping and serving, not only do we grow in our trust of God, but God does the real work of forming us into the image of Jesus Christ. This is what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3: 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 and we all, who with unveiled faces contemplatea the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
What is our alternative? I am forced, because of the continuing horrific acts of terrorism and the tragedy in Paris, to address, at least in part, the problem of evil, the issue of theodicy. I do so by sharing the words of Dr. Jerry Walls who wrote, following 9/11:
Naomi had hope in God for a redeeming work. She does discover a new dream. But through her dream, we must not miss the greater dream God has for us - to see an end of suffering and to become, through sanctification, like Jesus Christ! Naomi’s lesson for us is to hope and trust in the promises of God; to be faithful even in suffering as we become the children of God.
Works Cited and Referenced:
Where Is God When It Hurts? Philip Yancey
"Making Sense of Evil." Jerry Walls. Good News Magazine, Nov/Dec 2001)