Every now and then a thoughtful person asks me how I can possibly believe in a deity when so many bad things happen in our world.
They are always surprised when I tell them that I see the world as a gigantic poker game. Bad things happen because the Creator has dealt us all into the game. Think about the consequences of this: Every person who has ever lived, billions of them, playing their cards based on self-interest, jealousy, and greed. Many of the bad things which exist in our world are the result of how we have played the hands we have been dealt.
So what is the hope? It is that the One who dealt us into the game is holding the winning hand and, when He plays His hand, the scales of justice will be balanced. All my chips are bet on this hope.