Suffering rocks our world! “Why, oh why God? How can you be a loving God and let people hurt like this?!”
We live our lives with the belief that God is here to serve us. We believe we deserve to be healthy and wealthy and happy. We envy and despise those that appear to have “it all made” and we blame God for not giving us more, for not giving us more money, a bigger house, a skinnier body, a smarter brain, a healthier body, a nicer spouse, a faster car, and more obedient children. We live for the big ME.
Then, absolutely, of course suffering does not fit into that plan! Scars are not ideal when seeking out the hottest body. Medical bills are not the plan when seeking to get rich. Serving a spouse in the early morning is out of the question when I am looking out for my own comfort. Without a doubt parents yell at children because this isn’t really the way we thought parenthood would go. It is no shock that divorce is the norm when forgiveness can only come from God.
While in the midst of blaming God for pain in suffering, while in the throws of hating God for ruining our plans, perhaps the only answer is: IT IS NOT ABOUT ME!
If I can begin to fathom who God is and who I am, the question changes from “Why do I suffer?” to “God, why do you love me?”
Those that do not believe in God do not have to answer the question of “why?” It is just the way nature is. Deal with it. But they also do not get the comfort of God. While I may not always understand “why,” I do know that one day I will.
One day, not only will there be no more pain and suffering for those that love Christ, one day all the wrongs of this life will be undone. One day parents will be reunited with babies they lost, one day God will not only heal cancer, he will will make my body perfect, God’s plan is that all children will be loved, in heaven there will be so much richness that even the streets are made with gold. What is the best life you can think of? Heaven is better than that! One day I will live forever with a perfect body in a huge mansion, and I will live with and praise forever the King of Kings. Why, oh why God, do you love me so much?!