Comfort in God’s Omnipotence

How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil, 2nd ed.  This is such a good book: How Long O Lord by D. A. Carson.  I wish I had read it years ago!  As I read through it now it is helping me in the faith in quite a few different ways.  It’s one of those books I’m marking up like crazy and will for sure use often in future studies and personal devotions.

In the second chapter, Carson deconstructs some faulty views of evil and suffering (such as those of atheism, deism, sub-Christianity, etc.).  One faulty view is the view that God is not omnipotent when it comes to suffering and evil:

“This sort of god [who is not omnipotent] cannot offer us any comfort.  Belief in an omnipotent God brings with it all sorts of hard questions about how such a God, if he is good, can permit evil and suffering, but it also brings with it the promise of help, relief, an answer; an eschatological prospect.  To abandon belief in the omnipotence of God may ‘solve’ the problem of evil, but the cost is enormous: the resulting god is incapable of helping us.  He may be able to give us quite a bit of sympathy, and even groan along with us; but he clearly cannot help us – not now, and not in the future.  There is no point praying to such a god and asking for his help.  He is already doing the best he can, poor chap, but he has reached the end of his resources.  For all that one sympathizes with [Rabbi] Kushner’s search for a God he can respect, he has ended up with a god who cannot help”  (p. 30).

Believing Scripture’s teaching about the omnipotence of God doesn’t answer all the questions about evil and suffering, but it does give us incredible hope and comfort in the midst of evil and suffering.  God is sovereign and in total control, and one day he will fix everything that’s broken, right the wrongs, and bring in the New Heavens and New Earth, where there will be perfect peace for the followers of Jesus.  That’s a great perspective to remember in this “veil of tears!”

The above quote was taken from How Long, O Lord? by D. A. Carson (2nd ed.).

shane lems

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3 comments on “Comfort in God’s Omnipotence

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  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Need to read that book still

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