“For this world in its present form is passing away.” 1 Corinthians 7:31
I read about an atheistic scientist who didn’t believe a compassionate God would create a world where there was so much suffering. It’s a common theme that even Christians sometimes struggle with.
This scientist’s concept of Christianity was far too small. We aren’t just asking him to believe in a compassionate God. We’re asking him to believe in a whole spiritual realm that’s far more real and enduring that the visible world in which we live. The scientist looked at the visible world and saw that human beings were the highest life form and incorrectly assumes that life is all about us, but it’s not. Life is about God and his Kingdom. Paul tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
God’s kingdom is unseen and eternal. We live our lives knowing that we’re apart of something that’s far greater and more important than our individual lives. We’re participating in making known the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). Mostly we do this without realizing it. We do it on a daily basis by the lives we live, the choices we make and the way we spend our time. All these have an impact on God’s Kingdom.
We can only make sense of suffering if we take the long term view, that is the eternal view. Mother Teresa made the shocking comment “In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.”
Let’s fix our eyes on what is unseen.