Life is full of mysteries! There are questions that hang in the air like an unfinished sentence. At times, there are situations that make absolutely no sense. Or, so it seems from our perspective.
The question that many have puzzled over is: Why do bad things happen to good people? And I suppose it is a fair question. Job asked that question and so do many of the Psalms. People ask that question when there is a tragedy, an earthquake a war or famine. I have pondered this question and although I do not have all the answers, I do think that the Bible does give us help. Jesus always told the truth, and unlike some religious leaders who try to fob off pain and suffering, Jesus said in John 16:33, “ You will have suffering in this world.” We live in an imperfect world and because of that we will experience pain and suffering.
Firstly, God did not create a world of pain and suffering. In Genesis1: 31 it says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” God made a wonderful and a good world that was corrupted by sin. There is a suffering that comes from our own moral choices. Much of our suffering is either the result of our action or our inaction. So many of the wars that have been fought have been the actions of evil and immoral leaders. They have caused untold suffering to thousands because of their greed and lust for power and control. God gave man free will and, unfortunately, some have used their free will in a corrupt and abusive way. Many people suffer hunger on a daily basis. How can we blame God for this? The world produces enough food to feed everyone and yet still many go hungry. Once again, it is an abuse of wealth and power.
Secondly, God can bring good out of suffering. Romans 8:28 says “All things work together for good to those who love Him.” God doesn’t create suffering and pain, but He can bring good out of our pain. I have seen people go through incredible suffering and come through it in a remarkable way. They have been able to use their pain to help countless other people in their difficulty.
Thirdly, God will bring suffering to an end: One day all suffering will cease. That will be a wonderful day and in the light of eternity everything will pale in comparison.
Fourthly, suffering can make us better people: Our pain can have one of two effects. It can make us bitter people or it can make us better. It is really our choice.
Every person will go through pain and suffering in varying degrees. We are not exempt from pain and heartache because we are Christians. The wonderful truth is that Jesus bears our suffering with us. We do not go through our pain alone. He will walk with us through every trial if we allow Him. We live in an imperfect world and because of that we are not exempt from suffering. We are exposed to the same moral and natural forces as everyone else and we pay the price for the decisions that we have made and, unfortunately, we pay a price for some of the decisions the powerful and elite make. God gave mankind free will and we live with the consequences of our choices. At the end of the day, I know that God is a good, kind and gracious God. I believe it is up to each person to make good choices so that our world will be a better world. We should ensure, as far as possible that our choices will never cause other people pain or suffering. May your day be blessed in every way!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,