If God loves His people, then why does he let them suffer? If He really loves you, aren’t you supposed to be living easy and comfortable? Well, not quite. The Bible teaches that God loves His children, and that He “…works all things together for good” (Romans 8:28).
All trials and tribulations you experience is part of a divine plan that will lead to good things in the end. RestorationCommunityChurch.com, a non-denominational church in Denver, explains that every suffering has a purpose—that God must have a morally justifiable reason we do not understand.
It Comes with the Freedom to Choose
All parents want to protect their children, but only the wise ones know that there is danger in being overprotective. Understand that the freedom of choice is at the heart of what it means to be human, and that living in a world where you don’t have a choice is worse than one without pain.
What’s worse is a world full of people who can make wrong decisions without feeling any pain. Suffering is a necessary evil that comes with our freedom to choice.
It Warns us of Danger
Nobody wants pain and suffering, yet without suffering, you wouldn’t need comforting. The sick wouldn’t need a doctor, criminals would have no respect for the law, and people would laugh at mistakes instead of learning from them.
King Solomon, tempted by pleasure and taught by his suffering, shows that sometimes, even the wisest people can drift away from God until reality and pain hits them.
It’s an Opportunity to Trust God
Job was arguably one of the most famous sufferers in the Bible. He lost everything—his family, wealth, and health. And through it all, God did not tell Job of the reason. He endured countless accusations, rumors, and persecution—all while Heaven remained silent.
When God did speak, He did not apologize. He did not explain to Job that it was all a test of faith, issued as a challenge by Satan. Instead, He talked about the marvels of the Earth.
Job concluded that if God had the power and wisdom to create everything in the universe, then there’s no reason to question Him in times of suffering.
You are not alone if you question why you or some people have to suffer. Keep in mind, however, that this is all part of His plan. He made his son suffer not because he deserved it, but because the suffering was for everyone’s benefit.
Suffering “has come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7.
The salvation Jesus brings is not a reward for your effort, but rather a gift to everyone who, despite all the sorrow and pain, still put their trust in God.