Last week I got goosebumps as I heard one of the pastors share some hard to swallow news.
“Tom went home to be with the Lord today,” Pastor Rob announced. “He was pinned by a truck while driving his motorcycle.
“He leaves behind his wife and his 9-year-old daughter. He was just 47 years old.”
The room filled with church staff went silent. There were a few people who gasped for air as they heard the shocking news.
We immediately began to pray for the family asking God to comfort them during this extremely difficult time.
This story brings up the question, “Why does God allow suffering and pain in our world today?”
Why did God take Tom home at the young age of 47?
Why does God allow suffering by allowing Tom’s wife and daughter to experience the extreme pain that they are feeling?
People from all over the world are searching for an answer to the age-old question, “Why does God allow suffering?”
I’d like to show you a video that answers the question of why does God allow suffering in our lives.
It’s a video from the wonderful folks over at Explore God.
After the video, you can read about the four reasons why we shouldn’t blame God for the suffering that we see in our world today.
Four Reasons Not to Blame God For the Pain and Suffering in Your Life
1. Reason #1 – It’s Not God’s Fault
Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, we’ve been plagued by sin.
What we see in the world today is the effect of sin not the effect of God.
This then begs the questions, “Then why doesn’t God stop all the effects of sin in the world?”
The answer is, “One day, He will.”
He’s going to put an end to all sin when He judges the world righteously in the future.
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2. Reason #2 – It Isn’t Up To You How God Chooses to Behave
So to fully understand this point, you need to realize that God can choose one of three actions when it comes to events in your life:
- God can start something to happen in your life
- Example – You’re broke and you don’t have money to pay the rent. God speaks to someone and tells them to give you a check for your rent. God started to speak to that person in order to get you the money that you need.
- God can stop something from happening
- Example – You’re going to get hit by a drunk driver if you leave to go to work at 8 am today. God makes your car battery go dead and you get delayed. God stopped you from getting on the road with your car, and spared you from an accident.
- God can allow something to happen
- Example – Joe Loser at your work hates your guts and lies about you to your boss. God is allowing Joe to spread his lies because He’ll use it in your life to accomplish His purpose.
So you see, it’s not up to you or me to tell God to start, stop, or to allow something to happen in our lives. It’s entirely up to Him.
And this is where we get in trouble many times because we want God to behave according to our will.
But God is sovereign and He chooses what He wants to start, stop, or allow in our lives.
3. Reason #3 – God is at Work Behind the Scenes
One of my favorite Bible verses is from the Book of Isaiah in which God says,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
When we get hit with devastating circumstances, it’s easy to ask, “Why is God allowing this suffering to happen to me?
But in reality, God is doing a deep work in your life that you just can’t see. You have to trust Him.
God isn’t our divine butler, He’s our heavenly Father. We have to trust Him when we don’t get what we prayed for.
4. Reason #4 – Blaming God Hurts You
Whenever something bad happens in your life and you get angry at God for not reacting the way that you want Him to, realize that you’re in a very dangerous place.
God is doing a deep work in your life even though you can’t see it or feel it.
Also don’t forget, God’s timing isn’t our timing.
What we want to happen in a day God will sometimes not allow to happen for a year, and that’s because He wants us to learn to trust Him.
The Bottom Line
God loves you and He is for you.
He’s doing a deep work in your life and you shouldn’t blame God when things don’t go the way you want them to.
Instead, be thankful that He’s the God who uses all things together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:29).
The next time something happens in your life that you don’t understand, remember, you can either worry or worship.
You can either push back against God or you can give in and praise Him.
You can either fret about your worries, or you can be fearless and trust that God knows what He’s doing.