Suffering: Is God indifferent to the suffering that He allows? Part 5

This is Part 5 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?”

God Cares for You

It is easy to think in the vastness of the universe, especially when things seem so chaotic from the effects of sin, that God might not be aware, or care, or be able to do anything about your suffering. Your suffering may not be directly related to your personal sin.  It may be related to the reality of living in a sinful universe, but as expressed in previous questions, there is plenty of room for consequences from our own sins. Suffering consequences can pass down from one generation to another like when a drunkard has children and he raises his children to be rebellious like he is.

At the same time, the God of wisdom and love has revealed the path of righteousness in Scripture, so that if anyone repents by confessing his sins and returning to the holiness of God, he can avoid much of the suffering that he might endure while living in this existence. God is sovereign in all conditions and will use and work any situation for His glory and our ultimate good if we trust in Him.

Discussion questions:

1) Describe a time when you were a child that you needed help from your parents, but they were no where to be found.

2) How would describe how people deal with silence?

3) Silence is a spiritual discipline. Do you see people practicing “silence” as a spiritual discipline? How or how not?

4) How do you suppose God keeps track of seven billion people and all of their problems? What would a computer program look like to accommodate that feat?

5) If nothing escapes God’s notice, how important is it to remain faithful in the midst of suffering and endure it knowing that He will sustain? What kind of rewards might be awaiting those who endure the agony trusting His grace?

1Waters, Larry. “Suffering in the Book of Job,” Why, O God. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011), p. 117.

2Ibid, p. 118.

3Ibid, p. 119.

This concludes this question.

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