Recently, I saw the pilot of a new TV show. It was a cross between The Fugitive and the oracles of Delphi, although much darker in tone. Actually, since the lead actor played Christ in The Passion of the Christ, it was not hard to see a (distorted) form of a trinity among the primary characters.
The reoccurring weekly plot identifies a person who is at the center of trouble, whether they are a victim or and criminal. The trinity of characters moves to figure out what the problem is, then ‘fixes’ it. My explanation describes a very generic concept, for sure, but one that was done well in the pilot episode. I am not giving any specifics because I am not recommending the show, nor is that the reason I am writing this down. The general outline is helpful to explain my thoughts below…
One scene of dialogue was fascinating. The smart, rich person in need of someone who will go and rescue the helpless offered the lead actor a chance to ‘be there in time to stop the evil.” That is the hook that captivated me – wouldn’t it be great to stop the evil? To prevent bad things from happening?
God can do this, but He chooses not to. He can stop evil, but doesn’t. That is the claim of some unbelievers (and some Christians.) However, a devotional I read that night by J.M. Boice put this discussion into a different framework. A rough paraphrase of the devotional would read like this – Everything that happens to us is for us. Again, EVERYTHING that happens to us is for us. If you believe in the sovereignty and goodness of God, than this thought must follow.
This is a hard truth, but one that ultimately brings comport. The escapism that TV and movies offer is shallow à why stop at this fix? Why not fix my bank account? My job? My marriage? Etc. Rather, the comfort that a loving God is bringing about the absolute best in every season of life gives us hope that the pain and suffering that we are going through will not be meaningless.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.