Suffering: Will God remove the suffering He allows? Part 6

This is Part 6 of 6 parts answering the question, “Will God remove the suffering He allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?”

His Children Will Be With Him in Glory

One day, all of God’s people will assemble in heaven before His throne and worship Him in holiness and truth. John wrote concerning the Church Age saints who will assemble and worship during the Tribulation, “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Rev. 5:13 NKJ)

After the Great White Throne (and human history) is past, all of God’s people from every dispensation will be in His presence forever and see His face,

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Rev. 22:1-5 NKJ)

Will God remove the suffering that He allows? Absolutely and that will be a glorious day!

God’s Children Are the Only Ones For Whom Suffering Will End

The question remains, “Are you one of God’s people?” Scripture records that while God gives life to all flesh, only those who have accepted the Lord Jesus’ work on the cross as their substitute, those who have received Him as their Savior, are given the right to become children of God. This is granted solely by the grace of God (not by any human works), (John 1:12). Paul wrote that God demonstrated His love toward you by sending Jesus to die on the cross for your sins, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8 NKJ) God’s love motivated His justice to send Jesus to die for our sins. If you genuinely understand that you are lost and condemned to the Lake of Fire apart from His grace and put your trust in the Lord Jesus, you will receive eternal life, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9 NKJ) There is nothing you can do to earn or deserve salvation.  It is a gift from God. Place your faith solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ and you will be saved forever, never having to face the condemnation of the Great White Throne judgment to come (Rev. 20:11-15)!  Trust Him today and join a good Bible teaching church so that you can continue to grow in your faith and understand the awesome character of the God who saved you!

Discussion Questions

1) Have there been times when you thought that the suffering you are or were in would never end? How did it affect your thinking?

2) Has it seemed at times as though God must have lost control of your suffering? What helped bring your thoughts back to a biblical understanding?

3) How would you counsel someone who is in the midst of a long and drawn out form of suffering? What Scriptures would you use to comfort and encourage him or her?

4) People often become discouraged while they are going through suffering. How would you encourage and help someone to put (and keep) their eyes on the Lord Jesus? What Scriptures would you use?

5) If you are a child of God and if you know that you will not endure eternal suffering and if you know that God wants you to love others, what will motivate you to learn how to share your faith (give the gospel) and reach your unbelieving neighbor for the sake of Jesus Christ?

1 Bramer, Stephen, “Suffering in the Writing Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi), in Why, O God. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011), p. 154.

2Ibid., p. 158.

3Ibid., p. 175.

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