“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12
The Bible says that all suffering is part of life because of sin. And we know that sin is here because of a choice at the beginning of Creation when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God.
We have all, at some time or another, wondered why God allows such suffering and pain in our lives.
An unbeliever will look at the world’s suffering and ask how there can be a loving God if He allows this pain to happen. They reason that if there is a loving God that can do anything, surely He would step in and stop all of the tragedies and problems.
They do not understand man’s sin and God’s holiness. It is because He is holy that He cannot condone sin and immoral behavior.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God …. then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8
It may seem difficult at times, especially as we go through a valley of despair, but there are lessons to learn from our suffering.
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
Suffering tells us that there are consequences to all of our actions.
The consequences of Adam and Eve’s first sin were handed down to us. They lost their fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden. Their lives from that point on were filled with fear, pain, problems. They also would suffer an eventual death.
All the generations since have needed a way to restore that fellowship, but our lives are still filled with suffering and death.
It is how we choose to respond to the suffering that makes all the difference. We can choose to be angry and to turn away from our Creator, or we can acknowledge our need of Him.
Many realize, in the very deepest part of their suffering, that they cannot handle things on their own; and they choose to place their trust in Jesus Christ.
In part 2 we will begin to look at what hope there is in suffering.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012