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) Continue reading
This is Part 5 of 6 parts answering the question, “Will God remove the suffering He allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 6 will be posted tomorrow.
All Suffering Will Be Removed For His Children
While the trials on earth can be agonizing, it is the only place God’s children will suffer. Let’s note five things about this. of all
First, suffering will be temporary, though it may last years. As Israel was about to leave the agony of the wilderness wanderings and enter into the prosperity of the Promised Land, Moses declared, Continue reading
This is Part 4 of 6 parts answering the question, “Will God remove the suffering He allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 5-6 will be posted on succeeding days.
God is Sovereign in Allowing The Suffering
In the first 37 chapters of this Divine revelation in the book of Job, God revealed that He alone allowed Job to suffer (Job 1-2), and that man in his finite understanding did not and could not understand the reasons for suffering! (Job 3-37) That is why God questioned Job instead of any of his friends, because he was the most righteous. But even he did not fully understand! God’s response was rather blunt, Continue reading
This is Part 3 of 6 parts answering the question, “Will God remove the suffering He allows?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 4-6 will be posted beginning on August 28, 2014.
God Has a Purpose Behind The Suffering
God has promised to restore the world to the way it once was, removing sin and its effects. John recorded these words of the Lord, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:5 NKJ) Unfortunately, until then there will be afflictions, but God has a purpose behind them.
We looked at this extensively in Part Three. Let me summarize a few of those thoughts. When Job suffered the loss of his ten children, his business and then his health, he responded to the desperate comment of his wife to curse God, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” Continue reading
This is Part 8 of 8 parts answering the question, “What are God’s purposes in why He allows suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” This concludes this question.
God Allows Suffering in Numerous Other Ways
There are many other reasons why God allows and even initiates the circumstances that produce suffering. Sometimes it is to get the attention of a wayward Christian. David wrote of his horrendous bodily suffering in three Psalms. He wrote about how his “bones grew old…groaning all the day” (Ps. 32:3), “vitality turned into the drought of summer” (Ps. 32:4), “no soundness in my flesh” (Ps. 38:3), “nor any health in my bones” (Ps. 38:3), “bowed down greatly” (Ps. 38: 6), “my loins are full of inflammation” (Ps. 38:7), “I groan because of the turmoil of my heart” (Ps. 38:8), and “the bones You have broken” (Ps. 51:8) as examples of God’s intention to getting David’s attention so that he would flee from sin. The writer of Hebrews made it very clear that God’s love was invoked to restore one of His sinning children,
This is Part 7 of 8 parts answering the question, “What are God’s purposes in why He allows suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does God allow Suffering?” Part 8 will be posted tomorrow.
God Allows Suffering to Silence His Enemies
The book of Job clearly reveals the Divine side of suffering. While Job did not know why he suffered in pain, the narrative revealed the Divine courtroom of history and the accusations Satan made against Job, and consequently God! God allowed Satan to first destroy Job’s businesses and resources, as well as his ten children. Then God allowed Satan to touch Job’s health with boils, but not take his life. Satan wanted to prove that Job only served God for financial gain and blessing. Job’s silence before God proved not only that God is sovereign but that the humble man will be silent before God, which in turn silenced Satan!