“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Believers in God know that He is a loving God and that He is merciful. We can hang onto that in the midst of our suffering. We should not ask why there is suffering as if we are questioning His love or authority.
Who are we to question our Creator?
When Job had lost everything, and his friends had come to discuss the situation, God asked Job, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” He then proceeded to ask Job where Job was when He created everything.
Job did not understand why there was so much suffering, but he learned to trust that God would someday explain it all. He went through extreme tragedy, and found at the end that the God he had faith in was a loving and merciful God. He discovered that his own wisdom was limited and that he could not grasp the ways of God. God would have to reveal to him what he didn’t understand.
We should look at human suffering with compassion and sensitivity, being eager to help those in need; but we should also look for hope in the midst of the suffering.
We can find peace and contentment even in adversity, knowing God is in control and will not give us more than we can handle. We can rely on our fellowship with the Lord to give us strength, and know that He will be there with us through whatever may happen.
We can also rest in the assurance that the suffering that we live with now, will be nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
God is the only One that knows why certain things happen the way they do; but He has told us that Christians will endure affliction and has told us that there is purpose to the suffering.
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012