I asked God, "Why don't you fix all the evil and hurt in the world?" I'm sure that the question has been asked millions of times before. I know of a lot of people who abandoned their faith in God because they could see no answer.
Maybe God answered me, particularly the way that He did, because I really wanted to know. I didn't make any assumptions, or condemn Him in mind because there couldn't be any answer. I asked sincerely, just really wanting to know.
And this is what He said:
He responded to me with a question, "Why don't you?"
I was shocked! Here was the Supreme Creator and Controller of the Universe, suggesting that all the evil in the world was my responsibility to solve?
He explained, very compassionately, saying, "If suddenly, I wiped away every tear and solved every crisis in the world, the righteous heart, the love of goodness would starve. The result would not be a world of tranquility. The result would be a world of apathy."
He said to me that in this world, as wicked as it is, there is an equal opportunity and capacity for good. He said, "If everyone in the world took the opportunity that they saw to choose to do good instead of living selfishly, there would be no more evil in the world." He went on, "If everyone in your country did the good that they saw needed to be done, there would be no evil in your country." And on, "If everyone in your town did the good that they saw needed to be done, there would be no evil in your town." And finally, "If everyone in your home did the good that they saw needed to be done, there would be no evil in your home."
I was devastated.
Masterfully and gently, God caused me to see that all the evil in the world is truly my problem, simply because there is selfishness in my own life. I don't have to solve all the world's problems. I just have to do my part... and truthfully, I can't even manage that.
The world is a desperately wicked place. Yet, God has placed in each of us the power, the courage and the will to make it better. Unfortunately, people like me are too content to pass our own responsibility off on Him, little realizing, that is that failure to own what is before us that makes the world so very wicked.