As a pastor you get used to the question. "How could a good God allow so much evil?" But I have never been asked, "How could a good God allow so much good?" or "Why does an evil God allow so much good?"
Sometimes the speaker is wrestling with a real evil in their life which has shaken their faith. Sometimes the speaker is using the problem of evil as a proof against the existence of a Divine Being.
Isn't it interesting that we see the existence of evil as a conundrum. Why does it exist? Why is there so much suffering, hurt, and deliberate malice in our world?
But I have yet to have anyone come up to me disturbed about the presence of so much goodness in the world!
But if we probe at that assumption, it means that we think that goodness should be the status quo. We assume goodness should be the normal state of affairs.
Where in the world did we get that idea? Why should goodness be the status quo any more than badness?
Why when I see evil do I wonder if God is good, or if there is a God? Why when I see good don't I wonder the reverse. Why don't I wonder whether God is evil, or whether there is a God?
This Lent I plan to focus my attention each day on some aspect of goodness in my life. Thanks be to God.