Why does God allow suffering or even causes it?
Written by Author Jennifer Quetant, April 23rd, 2018
Suffering is a result of the fall of mankind. God’s creation was not created to suffer. In fact, mankind was created to live and serve God, on earth, for eternity. When we sinned, Satan hijacked the God-given authority that was given to man. Therefore, Satan is now the “god of this earth,” who steals, kills, and destroys.
Satan, the enemy of God, is evil. He takes pride and joy in seeing God’s people suffer. He’s jealous of man being created in the image of God. Despite receiving power from the believer, (who gives it to him), he still isn’t satisfied. He craves on God’s people. He prowls around like a lion, seeking to devour someone. Satan accused Job of being a user. He assumed that Job only served God because of his blessings. He was only able to severely attack Job because of God’s “say-so.” This story in the Bible intrigues me because it’s very difficult to understand God’s wisdom. His ways are not like mine. It’s even more challenging to believe that God even causes suffering.
I think that God allows suffering because He is not a man that can lie. God told man not to sin because we would suffer the consequences. Every Word of God is a promise! God cannot be mocked. So when Adam sinned, the world fell into chaos. This cannot be undone. Jesus came and reversed the curse. However, man must still “go through the motions,” because we dwell in this world. However, Christians have hope. Our faith and trust in God’s Word can shelter us through the storms of life.
Though, I don’t believe that God causes suffering. God is love. In the Old Testament, God did indeed rebuke and correct His people. He set-apart the Israelites, and commanded that they obey His laws. When they disobeyed, God caused harm on them in order to give them the punishment that they so deserved. In the New Testament, God punished man for the punishment that we rightfully deserved too. But, He placed all of the blame on His One and Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. By His Stripes we’re healed, and by the outpouring of His blood on Calvary, we’re saved. So because Christ suffered for us, God doesn’t cause us to suffer. Otherwise, that’ll be considered “double jeopardy” in the holy courts. My God is perfectly just!
I’m incredibly thankful for Jesus’ finished work on the cross. He bore my cross and laid down His life for me. I will not live in sin, and suffer the consequences because I know the cost that my Savior paid for me. Why would I be in bondage to sin when Jesus set me free?
I believe that because of the work of the enemy in this fallen world, Christians sometimes suffer. I do not believe that God causes suffering on His people, because He loves us and finished His wrath on Jesus. When I suffer, I do as Jesus did by saturating myself in the truth of the Bible. I choose to cling to God. I choose joy over worry. I choose to confuse the enemy with my praise. I choose to stand on God’s Word because His Word is true.
God promised to never leave or forsake me. He promised a way out for me. He promised that He wouldn’t allow me to be tempted more than I could bear. He told me that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. Sometimes, I feel as if the only way out is through. The Bible states in Romans 12:12 (New King James Version), that we must always be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in this world. The only way that I can get through suffering is acting on the Word of God. I must put on the full armor of God. I must constantly pray because the enemy is busy!
The story of Job’s suffering, teaches me to not judge anyone, because I am not God. I have a finite mind. In other words, my wisdom is extremely limited. God is the maker of heaven and earth. He’s omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Though, I may see people’s lives, I cannot see their hearts. Only God can judge. I admit that I don’t know everything. I really don’t know anything besides what the all-knowing God allows me to know. All I know is that God is love. He has a purpose for everything. His wisdom is far greater than every human brain combined. He’s knows best. All I can do is encourage others, uplift them in prayer, and grieve alongside them. I can only walk in my shoes. I cannot make people see the light at the end of the tunnel. All I can do is be the light in this world.