Assuming God were real and kinda akin to the Judeao-Christian god? Would his relationship to humanity be that of Gamer to SIM?
The way I hear people describe Free will and god, sounds alot like the fuzzy logic of games like "The Sims or Sim Earth" and the Gamer/programmer.
god sits in the back ground and occasionally tweaks knobs an watches who lives and dies occasionally guiding things to a desired ends.
The individual SIM's suffering is of almost no apparent value as long as your town, city, planet moves in a desired direction.