“O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!” (Micah 6.3 ESV).
God has perfect morality. His morality is eternal, and it is complete. God’s own morality mandates that He cannot commit sin—nothing tainted with the ugly stains of evil can come from God. The only exception is when Jesus took our sins, losing His morality on our behalf. He chose to lay down His life for us, but because He is God, He was able to take His life up again. With God’s perfect morality in mind, we must conclude that our hardships in this life do not come from God. But since God is the Creator of the Universe, where does the evil come from? The answer is free will. God created a perfect world, but He gave us free will to choose to obey our perfect God or disobey Him. When we disobey God, the ugly stains of evil spill onto the world. We live in a corrupted world, but someday we will be with God in heaven. We will experience hardships during this life, and one of the easiest things to do is to blame God since He is the Creator. God does not cause evil, but when people continue to persist in their disobedience, they use their free will to hurt people, including themselves. But God sees the beauty in humanity, and He allows the pain for a time until His Kingdom plan comes to fruition and He can bring all of His beloved children home. The temporary pain and sorrow on this earth remind us that we need redemption and salvation through Christ. We reach out for something beyond this world, knowing that we need more than what this life can offer. We reach out for our perfect God.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21.4 NLT).