Where is God in the suffering?

Why Does God allow bad things to happen to us?

Most of us turn to God when we go through hardships, whether we are believers or not? Why would God allow this pain, this suffering, this heartache to me or anyone I know? If He loves me, why would God let this horrible thing happen? Right now, the world is suffering. Millions of people are suffering from this illness and many have succumbed to it. So where is God now?

God is where He has always was and always will be – right here with us. It can be hard for us to think and rationalize these things because we are only human. We are not all-knowing and all-powerful.  But we still try to understand God. We have limits, God is limitless. His love is perfect and without fault. 

The enemy comes into our lives and into our minds with lies that God has left us and allowed us to fall into despair. Every time that thought has crept into your mind that God has left you – that is a lie! Yes, even our own thoughts can be lies. That’s where Satan does most of his dirty work, right in our heads. But as believers, we are called to live and be in truth. 

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

When we believe the lies and let Satan use our minds for his work, he wins. He lies and deceives us and is so great at doing it that we’ll think it’s our own ideas and thoughts. Satan lied and brought sin into this world because our minds are weak. That is why bad things happen. Because sin entered this world and took it over. Nothing bad can ever come from God because God is all good. That’s just who God is. 

So the next question is why does God allow it to happen? Why does God allow pain? 

I’m a mother and will do any and everything for my son because I love him more than I can ever explain. I’m sure not just mothers, but all parents would do the same and want to protect their children. But sometimes, our children don’t always listen to us. We want to teach and guide our children, and I know personally,  sometimes that means I allow him to make his own mistakes. I allow him to make some choices and decisions, knowing it’s a bad idea because sometimes, that’s the best way for him to learn a lesson. And I let him make his mistakes and let him go through it because I know it will help him to learn and grow. I do it because I love him and want him to grow and be stronger and wiser. 

So don’t you think that God is a much better parent than we are? He is the perfect parent and because of his love for us, He gave us freedom to make choices and mistakes. Yes, those choices will hurt not only ourselves, but others sometimes. That unfortunately, is tragic but just like a parent, God is right here with us through the pain. He never leaves us and uses tragedy and bad things for His goodness. 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Roman’s 5:3-4)

So I pray that when you go through trials and suffering, you always remember that God is with you. God loves you. He will never forsake or abandon you. You will get through this and when you trust in Him, He will carry you through the storm. 

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither or fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38)

Photo by Darius Chretien

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