Why does He allow evil and pain, you ask? Ah…well, you see, He doesn't...it was never His idea! We started this. There IS an enemy. And, that enemy is the source of the pain and confusion and chaos here on earth. Sadly, we aligned ourselves with him in our choices. And, God would not be a God of Love if He interfered with free will.
Our God isn't just sitting idly by watching and impassive...He partners with us. This has always been the invitation! He commissioned us in Genesis and again in the Gospel of His Kingdom Come. In spite of our choices, He immediately set in place a "Way" for us to be restored to our original authority and dominion! He immediately set in motion the plan of salvation and then Jesus said "I have been given all authority in Heaven and on Earth, now go!" He gave it back! He said(in essence) "ok, that first shot didn't go so great, but we were prepared for that...here are the keys, get back to it! I am with you! We do this together!! Bring my Kingdom(dominion/rule) on earth!"
We were always meant to be a part of the plan. HOW could we NOT be? He made us for the purpose of ruling and reigning over His creation! His Creation is an active and living thing!
Also...my guess is that we made this mess...and any good Parent knows that if we are not invested in the solution we will continue to be the problem!
The good news IS that WE can bring the Kingdom. It goes so far beyond a “cup of cold water”…we carry the very presence of God within us! And where we go, we take Him...and where His presence is, evil flees and "The Kingdom of God has come near you"! His dominion is the solution...but, we have to bring it, we have to steward it. We have to declare our citizenship in the Kingdom and then carry that out into the darkness!
The race we run isn’t just a race to the finish line and arrival in a New Land! It is a charge against the tide of evil here. We take ground with His power and the authority He gave us. This is not a passive endeavor, my friend. We are called to be His hands and His feet. HE works through us. We have everything we need in Him…we just need to actually live it out by His power. Starts with Him, ends with Him…BUT…it rests on us. He waits for us. Will you fight? Will you pray? Will you wake up and recognize that this is a war and we are the warriors for THE Great King?
Get up people. Love. Walk it out. Carry His presence and His love…and if you do not know how, ask Him. Open His Word and invite Him to read it WITH you…ask Him for wisdom and revelation. I guarantee…when you find out who you really are and why we are actually here you will be as electrified as I am and flooded with a passion and fury for Love!
Go, ask Him!