Ponder A Little (Blog)
|Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM|
Christians have offered many explanations for suffering but make no mistake… there is no pat answer! And if we have not suffered much, we need only live a little longer because eventually we all reach a breaking point and call out to God, “WHY?”
Our world is full of suffering!
There are biblical explanations for pain and suffering but how do we know which one applies? And in reality, often none of them apply. Sometimes life is excruciatingly hard just because it is.
So how do we respond to those who are suffering? Sadly, too often Christians add salt to the wounds of others by suggesting what the source of their pain is? This should never happen! It is a time for only compassion, not advice.
Life is often hard. But God never wanted a world of sin, and with it pain and suffering. He created perfection in the Garden of Eden. God wanted heaven to be on earth but Adam and Eve chose to sin, and evil and pain has been with us ever since.
Inevitably, when in the depth of despair, we will question if God really is good.
The goodness of God is fundamental to our Christian faith. We believe God is just and fair and good and loving. Even though God is fair, He never promised life would be fair. For sure, life was never fair for Jesus. He died on a cross, a sinless man.
Jesus told us that we would have pain and sadness in this life. And strange as it may seem, the Bible teaches that suffering is good. Why?
Our faith grows with our ability to see the beauty and goodness of God, even when we are breaking with pain.
So how do we see that goodness? Look to Jesus. Look at His life and how He endured so much suffering in our place… and find comfort. Then look to heaven. Look at what is waiting for us in eternity and measure how short-lived our suffering really is… and find hope.
But don’t suffer alone! Hurting people need the support of family. As believers, we are the family of God. Burdens are lighter when shared, so reach out to family. And reach out to God, who promises to be near the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18).