In today’s blog, we will be tackling one of the toughest questions you will ever be asked to answer as a Christian. That is the question of why do we suffer. I mean, it makes sense right? If God is such a loving God, then why in the world would He ever want any of us to suffer.
This question really comes to light when you are at a funeral. The people who are grieving are trying to come to terms with why a person has died and it is very common to want to blame God for what has happened and question His love for us.
This blog is not meant to be an all-inclusive answers for your questions on this subject, I would like to give you a few points to consider when trying to answer this very difficult question.
It is important to help our friends see that Jesus himself warned us that we would all face trials and suffering. This illustrates that Christianity is a real-world faith that tells the truth about the world we live in.
Evil was not created by God. God gives us a choice. We can choose Him, or we can choose sin and evil. Much of the suffering people face has been caused by humans hurting fellow humans. Sin also affects nature. “Natural” catastrophes occur because we live in a fallen world that is not the way God intended it to be.
People desire a place without suffering and God has promised that. One day He will judge all evil and create a new world. In the meantime, He is patient so that many who do not yet know Him can come to know and follow Him.
God knows all about suffering. Jesus suffered in unimaginable ways. He therefore understands what we feel. He desires that we come to Him to find grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.
God can bring good out of all kinds of evil and suffering. God always has our best long-term interests in mind. Trials we go through in the short-term are designed to make us better people and lead to a better quality of life later. It is hard for us to see though because we don’t see the whole picture. We just have to trust that a greater good will come from all of this.