So the old saw goes this way:
God is sovereign, so every thing that happens must be His will.
Therefore evil must be God’s will
Therefore God is not good.
God is good, but
Therefore God is not sovereign
But I have some thoughts I’d like to share with the community. God presents Himself in His Word as both sovereign, and good. So I am thinking out loud here. I hardly have this theological football across the goal line.
Well, God is sovereign. And, thus, ultimately everything that happens is God’s will. I submit that this must be understood in the context of who He claims to be. God is LOVE. By definition, love is voluntary, it cannot be otherwise any more than 2 plus 2 making anything else but four. Anyone who is a parent knows this. You can, by the act of your will, force your child to take piano lessons, but no one, not you, not even God, can make that child love the piano. So God offered man a choice: Tree of Life or Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. That man was able to munch on the wrong fruit, bringing evil into the world, in no way defies God’s sovereignty, FOR HE WILLED US THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE. And sure enough, we chose the wrong path. But WE CHOSE IT FREELY! We did it our way, thank you very much.
So, yes, God is sovereign, and He is also Good. The reason there is evil is because first of all there is Love, which demands the opportunity for evil, or it is not Love. As Love is God’s nature, we have been given free will. If there is evil, it is because we chose it.
But God did not leave it there. No way. In the end, He made another choice. He did not have to. He chose to come to us in the form of a baby. He chose, ultimately, to die for us, to restore man to Himself. And one day, evil will be judged, and there will be no more sorrow.
Anyway, that’s my take on this question.