In God's Wisdom he intervenes
And in his wisdom he does not
In scripture he reveals this
Daily he does not
Hope says, "I understand"
Fear says, "I do not"
Mercy says, "Shed thy light on me"
Shame says, "You cannot"
Dark and foolish is every heart
That eventually receives God's light
Renewed and whole is everyone
Whose soul forgets its fight.
In the midst of evil and suffering, the two options that the world puts before Christians are,
"If God exists, he is either incompetent or not all powerful."
A common response is to lament, "If only they knew that God is in control, and that regardless of what happens, I trust in him." As believers, we don't need the explanation that the world does--our answer comes from faith.
But we forget that "faith" give us our answer, and the absence of saving faith in God gives the world its question.
Throughout a millennia of questions, Jesus has answered: "Regardless of what the world thinks I can do, regardless of the what the world thinks I should do, I have done everything that you needed me to. My power and competence were on full display the day I turned evil and suffering into victory."
The Cross is a symbol of what was overcome, and a symbol of the price that was paid for joy everlasting. That same suffering and evil were used on behalf of those who have been delivered from "the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God's beloved Son" (Colossians 1:13).
The greatest questions need the greatest answers. Never forget that Jesus is ours.
George McDonald, a 19th century minister and author, wrote, "The Son of God suffered unto death not that men might not suffer but that their suffering might be like His."
When we understand this truth, we understand James 1:2-3 in its real context:
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
God's power and competence is demonstrated through us knowing and believing that even though He is not the cause of evil, He can use it for his purposes (Romans 8:28).