I posed this question to about 75 eighth graders last evening…..’If you were God, what would you do differently?’ I didn’t see their answers but on the ride home, began to think about the question myself. What would I do? Well, I suppose that I would end suffering, cure sickness, create peace in the world, feed the poor, and on and on. In my world people wouldn’t have to ask questions like, ‘why me?’ or ‘how could you let this happen?’ I wonder how many of the eighth graders had similar answers.
I think that we all question God’s decisions sometimes, especially when we suffer pain or loss. No matter how much we trust him and believe in him, those little nagging questions arise….
In my world there would be peace and happiness……but would there be freedom????? Would people have free will – the choice to walk with me or turn away? Our free wills are one of the greatest gifts that God gives us. It is our own freedom that causes the pain and suffering in our world. God takes a tremendous risk in giving us free will….he doesn’t force obedience, he asks for our hearts.
It’s fun to dream of my world but it is far better to live in his!