My wife and I recently went to see the movie “The Shack”. One of the stirring elements of The Shack is that it gives us insight into how God views his world. Like many we had read through the book twice and were apprehensive about what the movie might do with William P. Young’s beloved novel. The movie was a refreshing delight. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine with the screenplay written by John Fusco, the movie omitted very little of the original story. We both felt that the movie shared the full impact of the book’s message.
Important topics that The Shack explores are why suffering and evil happen in God’s world, and the roll repentance and forgiveness play in dealing with them. The familiar question, why does God allow such atrocities, can be answered as we delve into what Young was tells us. God allows this because he loves us, all. There will be a final judgement, but God is patient giving everyone the chance to repent.
From the scriptures the Apostle Peter shares in 2 Peter 3:8-9 an acumen that correlates with this insight:
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God’s perspective is always guided by love, his love for all mankind. He is love!
As Easter Week approaches, see the movie, kneel at the cross, and take some time to bask in his love. Writing this has stirred me to remember how deeply God loves us, how he is no stranger to suffering himself, and how much he has given for our redemption.