Additional Scripture Readings: Romans 8:28–29; 1 Peter 4:12–13
What purpose does an all-powerful, loving God have in allowing suffering among the very people he created in his image and then died for? Tough question, isn’t it?
Noted theologian A.H. Strong wrote, “God can do all that he wills, but he will not do all that he can.” That helps some.
Two implications of this truth help us cope with the incomprehensible suffering all around us.
First, God’s power is always conformed to his purpose. Our God endures for a time the sinful condition of our world so that eventually he can accomplish his higher purpose of redeeming the human race.
Second, God clothes his power in love. It is in the form of a man—born in a cattle shed, walking the shores of Galilee, mocked and spit upon and killed on a cross—that God extends his power. His power never stands naked. It is always clothed with love.
God can do all that he will, but he won’t do all that he can—because his power is conformed to his purpose and clothed in his love.