Suffering: Is God indifferent to the suffering that He allows? Part 4

This is Part 4 of 5 parts answering the question, “Is God indifferent to the suffering that He allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 5 will be posted tomorrow.

God is Acutely Aware of Every Form of Suffering

God is infinite in knowledge and understanding. He is holy and righteous in all He is and does. Therefore, He is also infinite in wisdom and able to deal with each and every one of the over seven billion people on planet earth. Nothing catches God by surprise. Nothing overwhelms God. He does not get worn out and become indifferent to the misery of people. He is acutely aware of everyone’s difficulties, agony and  enduring pain  and even twinges of discomfort!

God is infinitely alert to everything about your life, but Jesus stood up when Stephen was being stoned (Acts 7:56). It is likely that God is more “aware” when you are suffering. Since God is “all-knowing” He is always aware, yet He uses trials to bring us into conformity to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). Sometimes it may seem as though He is off on a trip, or distracted by trying to deal with the other seven billion people in the world. For example, someone might ask, “How can the agony and misery of one person be of great concern to the God of the universe?”

As we just read, when David felt as though God was silent, he cried out to Him. But David also realized His infinite ability of God to know everything about him. He wrote,

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. (Ps. 139:1-5 NKJ)

The book of Hebrews made it very clear that Jesus, at the throne of God in heaven, is able to give aid and is a merciful High Priest for His people. He suffered and was tempted and helps those who depend on Him,

16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.  17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (Heb. 2:16-18 NKJ)

God is acutely aware of every form of suffering, even yours. And understand that nothing surprises Him or escapes His notice.

Nothing Escapes His Notice

The writer to Hebrews also explained the infinite awareness of the all-knowing God His people worship. It is written, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Heb. 4:13 NKJ)  He notices, because He has promised to never leave us or forsake His children. Jesus affirmed this in the Great Commission,

19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matt. 28:19-20 NKJ)

 

Hebrews also quoted the words of the Lord, “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5 NKJ) I can trust my Lord; you can too.  He cares for you to send Jesus to die on the cross for you; how much more if you trust Him.

Part 5 will be posted tomorrow.

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