2 Corinthians 1:7 NKJVAnd our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
- Why did God allow Job to suffer
- Why does God hate me
- Where is God when we suffer
- Why does God allow tragedy
- How long will God allow me to suffer
Why is there suffering and pain in life ? Simply put, there is suffering and pain in life because there is sin. Every form of rebellion against God naturally attracts suffering. The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach (Proverbs 14:24).
Why is there suffering in the world ? There is suffering in the world because God's perfect order which safeguarded the world against every possible suffering was broken when sin came into the world.
Types Of Suffering
1. God-Orchestrated Suffering
Psalm 105:19 NKJVUntil the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.
2. God-Permitted Suffering
Job 2:6 BSB“Very well,” said the LORD to Satan. “He is in your hands, but you must spare his life.”
3. Self-Induced Suffering
4. Devil-Induced Suffering
Ephesians 6:12 NLTFor we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
John 10:10 KJVThe thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Matthew 13:27-30 ESVAnd the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
Why Do We Suffer
Isaiah 44:7 NIVWho then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come—yes, let them foretell what will come.
Revelation 12:9 ESVAnd the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Revelation 12:12 ESVTherefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
Romans 8:28 NIVAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
1. Suffering Is A Tool In God's Hands
Ephesians 1:11 KJVIn whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
2. Jesus Christ Experienced Suffering
Mark 8:31 NIVHe then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
Philippians 2:8-11 ESVAnd being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
3. We Also Will Experience Suffering
Romans 8:17 NIVNow if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:18 KJVFor I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
James 1:4 NASBAnd let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Why Did God Allow Job To Suffer
Job 1:1 NLTThere once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
James 1:2-4 ESVCount it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Job 23:10 NLT“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
1 Peter 5:10 ESVAnd after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Where Is God When We Suffer
Isaiah 43:2 KJVWhen thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
1 Corinthians 10:13 Good News TranslationEvery test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.
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