When we ask the question, “Why all this suffering”? we have to be prepared for the answer. As we discussed in part one, we understand that “why” question goes back to the very beginning.
We may not be able to make out all the peripheral details of why — they may be obscured from our view — but there are some key Biblical truths that can illuminate some points for us. And if we consider these truths, they will lead us in the right direction, toward some conclusions that I believe can help give us some basic answers.
- God is not the creator of evil and suffering. This answers the question you hear so often: “Why didn’t God merely create a world where tragedy and suffering didn’t exist?” The answer is: He did! Genesis 1:31 says: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Tragedy and suffering exist because we live in a fallen world filled with sin.
- Though suffering isn’t good, God can use it to accomplish good. He does this by fulfilling His promise in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even our trials and tribulations in life have a purpose and plan in the ultimate purpose of God.
- The day is coming when suffering will cease and God will judge evil. A lot of times you’ll hear people say: “If God has the power to eradicate evil and suffering, then why doesn’t He do it?” And the answer is that because He hasn’t done it yet doesn’t mean He won’t do it. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
- Our suffering will pale in comparison to what God has in store for his followers.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” 2 Cor 4:17
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Rom 8:18
- We decide whether to turn bitter or turn to God for peace and courage. The bible clearly teaches us that when faced with trials and hardship, God will be faithful to care for us even through those trials.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33