God let bad things happen to good people?
If God is this all-good, all-powerful being, doesnt he have the resources to prevent
evil and suffering? People who really study and understand the Bible tell us that without
the freedom to do the wrong things, we would be like robots. While God does have the power
to prevent suffering, he has created us with the freedom of choice. We can obey him and
live by faith doing good things, or we can disobey and do evil and thus suffer
consequences of our evil actions. And others often suffer from our evil actions as well.
That is what has happened at Columbine High School, other schools and now New York City
and Washington D.C.
Maybe the question we should ask is, Is there any purpose to our suffering?
The Bible shares at least four results from suffering.
We See How Devastating Evil Can Be
When we witness evil in the form of terrible crimes or even when we see a fellow student
being teased or abused we are reminded of how devastating evil can be to the human heart
and soul. It is a reminder to seek what is good and to seek God.
It Helps Develop Character
Paul tells us in Romans 5 that suffering helps us to endure, and endurance builds
character. Character is the ability to handle tough situations and to help others who are
going through similar suffering.
To Get Our Attention
Sometimes when we are doing the wrong things our Heavenly Father uses suffering to get our
attention. He wants to remove everything from our lives that keeps us from walking close
to him in a love faith relationship. So the suffering, as a result of wrong
behavior, brings us closer to him or it can make us angry and push us away.
When you think of it, its silly to get angry with God when we suffer as a direct
result of our own behavior. But sometimes suffering is not our fault, what then?
To Help Us Understand God
There will be times when God allows us to suffer so we can understand how much he is in
control and that he is able to work in peoples lives. Jesus seemed drawn like a
magnet to human grief, sorrow and suffering. God feels hurt and compassion when we suffer,
his Spirit works to comfort us and to heal us. Since Christ suffered on the cross for our
sins, he understands and cares.
Even if we cannot understand the exact whys behind our suffering we can still receive
comfort and strength from a God who really understands and cares about us (2 Corinthians
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