Ever wonder why God, supposedly in control of the universe, lets it run in such an arbitrary and unfair manner? Ever wonder how a loving God could let this planet get so far out of control? I certainly do.
And I think I have a small part of the answer.
As a parent, I often do things that seem arbitrary and unfair to my children. Sometimes my actions even come across to them as confusing, harsh and hurtful. Here are some examples:
Its easy to see what's happening here. On the one hand, from the boys' of view, my wife and I did horrible things to them. On the other hand, my wife and I did these things because we love our children, and we did these things even though we didn't enjoy doing them.
But our children, with age-limited intelligence and experience, have no way to understand the specific circumstances around each piece of pain that we apparently put their way. Our children must trust that their parents love them and want the best for them, and (by and large) they do.
For me the parallels are this. God likens his relationship to us as a Father to a child. God's ways are mysterious to us. As children, we don't have the intelligence or experience to understand what God does or why he does it. He just asks that we trust that he is doing the best thing, even when it all seems to be out of contol, arbitrary and unfair.
And so I guess it comes down to faith. When I was little, I had faith in my parents. Now it's time to exercise the same faith in my heavenly Father.