In Part Two, God of the Patriarchs, we will take a redemptive historical perspective on the problem of evil and unjust suffering by looking closely at the character and actions of this God who intervenes in human affairs. He is also a God who reveals the beginnings of things – there is more to the story of evil and unjust suffering than meets the eye. Not that we will understand everything about God or even about ourselves. There is still mystery here but there are also answers.
In Part Three, God of Heaven and Earth, we will expand our discussion of the nature and character of God and His interaction with the world to take in the entire biblical perspective. Here we will take a look at God and what He proposes to do about evil and unjust suffering from a systematic theology perspective. This is called the Divine Matrix – a set of truths about God that needs to be understood in connection with each other in order to make sense of how He interacts with the world and with us in the context of the problem of evil and unjust suffering.
In Part Four, Of Grief and Judgment, we take a look at the heart of the problem. The real question is how will God deal with evil and how do we fit into His plan. There are two key problems to deal with – the problem of evil and unjust suffering on the one side (from our perspective) and the problem of sin and the temporal/ultimate consequences of sin and evil (from God’s perspective) on the other side. These questions lead, of course, to the issue of God’s will (desire, intention, plan, promise, action) and our response in the context of the world as we experience it.
Finally, in Part Five, God of the Desert, we discover the need for a desert experience to develop trust in God as the foundation for morality, virtue and character. The highest human good may be described as happiness, but happiness is found only indirectly as a result of an intimate relationship with the God of the Desert. That relationship is intrinsic to our natures, for that is how we were created and that is what defines us as human beings.
In the conclusion, Jehova Jira: Our Provider, we return to the question of a theology of the Desert. What’s it all about? Is it about purification, separation or training – or all three? How do we find our path through the Desert? How do we follow God in difficult times and painful circumstances? What is the Way of the Desert Warrior? In the process of asking these questions we will try to come to a perspective (if not answers) based on the view from heaven and find our direction through the desert from the only desert guide that can show us the way, the only one who knows the desert oasis that brings refreshment along the way.
Whether or not you agree with this perspective, hopefully God of the Desert Warrior will help you come to your own conclusions and lead you to discover a path through the desert of evil, suffering and sin to the promised land of intimate, real and practical trust in a God who weeps for you.
God of the Desert Warrior by Bert A. Amsing
Copyright 2012 by vanKregten Publishers