That’s a question that is wading through a great deal of pain. When my children are in pain, their first reaction is, I should have been there. It is my job to protect them, didn’t I still love them? I immediately reach for them and soothe the tears. I suppose that should be my first answer to a heart that feels GOD has not fulfil His purpose in the World.
Sometimes, my human heart resents such accusations against the Creator. Who, has been patiently tending to a World that routinely rejects Him. Often the Lord reminds me He does not need me to defend Him. If there is a pause in my answer, its only because I am asking how to navigate the pain. How to get in there and give a much needed soothing.
It works wonders for my babies. Once they sense my empathy, then I can begin to unpack their illogical response. Maybe the best thing to do, is to allow people to be afraid, it is often at the core of anger. Once we have comforted, then we can unpack the response and show through our personal testimony and scriptural references the surety of GOD’s presence in this World.
People need to be reminded that the Love of GOD is steadfast. For the hurting and for the hurter. I have spanked many a bottom of an offending toy. But when the experience has concluded, my children will play with that toy again. They know despite the hurt, they still retain the mastery of that toy, but they also learn the necessary caution needed to remain safe; and owie-free. By grace we can do the same for all the children of GOD. But, they get to chose.