Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
Scripture: Psalm 10:1–10:1, Psalm 22:1–22:8
"In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world."
1. The Problem: (Psalm 10:1, Psalm 22:1-8)
If God is all powerful and God is all good,
then why does God allow pain and suffering?
2. Proposed Solutions:
- God is not all powerful (or chooses not exert his power)
- God is not all good
- God is not there!
3. Considerations regarding these proposed solutions: (John:6:66-68)
- The first is an all too common Christian notion
- The second is the way many, Christian or not, practically live
- The third is actually more terrifying than believing he is there
4. What can we know about the cause of suffering? (John 9:1-3)
- The world is broken by sin
- Many sufferings are our common lot, not personal consequence of sin
- Many sufferings are at the hands of others
- Many sufferings can be the result of our own attitudes and actions
5. What do we often not know? (Job 1:1-42:17)
- Why? Why this? Why now? Why me?
6. What can we know about God’s purpose in suffering? (Romans 5:1-9)
- We don’t have to know why, we just need to trust God
and that he loves us!
- Christ suffered for us that we might have eternal life!
- Suffering leaves us discontent with a fallen world
- Suffering leads us to depend on God, who raises the dead
- Suffering proves our love is for God, not just his blessings
- Suffering produces patience and perseverance in faith
- One day all our suffering will be over, and we will live in glory!