Why do good people suffer?

14 05 2014

Why do good people suffer?

A “Daily Encounter” reader shared how she heard a religious leader state that, “Christian women don’t have miscarriages.”
I remember hearing a college professor saying that Christians should never be depressed. And still others teach that every Christian should be healed.
Statements like these are totally false and can make some people feel very inferior, that they lack faith, that they’re not good enough for God to care about them, and can cause them to become very discouraged.
God used Paul to heal people, but God didn’t heal Paul. Paul didn’t say what his problem was, but he prayed three times and the answer he received from God was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Jesus raised Jarius’ daughter from the dead, but John the Baptist lost his head — and stayed dead!
The reality of life is that we live in a broken world, and everybody, at some time or another, is going to suffer either from loss, a broken relationship, physical suffering,
sickness, mental breakdown, etc., etc. And being a Christian isn’t going to save us from human problems.
True, some people suffer through foolish actions or irresponsible behavior, some suffer because of neglect, but many suffer just because suffering is a part of the human condition. And some people suffer because God allows them to be tested such as Job, who suffered from terrible boils and the loss of all of his children and said, “When he [God] has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10, NIV).
And God allows some people to suffer so that “the work of God might be displayed in their life.”
Take the blind man in the Bible for example. The disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life” (John 9:2-3, NIV).
The important thing to remember, regardless of the cause of our suffering, God wants to use our problems to help us grow and become stronger, more sensitive and healthier Christians. On the other hand, Satan wants to use our problems make us bitter and to destroy us. Then faced with trials, with God’s help we can become better, or we can just become bitter.
And that choice is ours.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, when trials come to me, help me always to remember that you want to use these to help me grow and to become a better person, also that you will be glorified. With your help I choose to become a better person. Gratefully in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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14 responses

15 05 2014
Art Pagsanghan

My two cents worth. It’s a mystery why Jesus had to suffer so much for our salvation. If He is God, He did’nt have to, The universe was created by His word only, and yet to love, He had to offer something, a sacrifice. It’s the same way with us. When we offer our love to somebody, we can’t just say it, it has to be concretized, there is an effort, a kind of work, a kind of sacrifice offered. Some lovers even offer the moon which we know he could’nt but an expression that to love somebody, you offer ‘some’ thing. And what greater offering can one have than to offer one’s life. When God tested Abraham, He asked him to offer a beloved son. Just to show to the future generation an example how it is TO LOVE! But God stopped him and said, ‘It is I who will sacrifice my Son’ (or to that effect). Knowing that now in our generation, did Jesus not purchase us with a great price? Is it because He loves?

15 05 2014
Chuba

The article gives some reasons, Betha Martha Titia, that you might find interesting

15 05 2014
Betha Martha Titia

Chuba i also wander

15 05 2014
Chuba

Tina Williams, that is true, but many Christian feel that God should protect them from suffering since they are his. So when bad things happen they despair and ask Why? I know a good christian who became an atheist because his son died in a car crash

15 05 2014
Tina Williams

Many?…How many? Post the statistics on that, or that statement is bogus. And why should any Christian be under that *huge* misconception? Did Christ not suffer…and die. And are Christians not to pick up their crosses and follow Him?. As far as that so-called “good Christian” you say you know goes: was never a Christian to begin with…is lying to you.

15 05 2014
Patty Hugenberg

Tina, I agree with you.

15 05 2014
Tina Williams

Why?…because this physical existence–this ‘life’ most think is “*so* wonderful’, is a valley of tears.

15 05 2014
Gregory Pizarro

“There’s is no one good, no not one, no one seeks after God.” -Paul the apostle
“It only happened once in history and he was the son of God” -r.c sproul

15 05 2014
Chuba

Fantastic Kyut kah, you hit the point. The article says something you will like

15 05 2014
Kyut Kah

because we ourselves are guilty of sin in nature but because of JEsus’s righteous teachings we are now under purification w/c we often say ” SUFFER ”

15 05 2014
Art Pagsanghan

We suffer because it purifies, it erases many sins if offered as a sacrifice, also to glorify God when we get miraculously healed, but also because of a grievous sin.

15 05 2014
Chuba

Your opinions is similar to that express by Paul in scriptures when he said that when he suffers in his body he “completes what is lacking in the suffering of Christ for the sake of his body the Church.”Many people still don’t understand that part of scriptures, can you enlighten us

15 05 2014
Gregory Pizarro

There’s is no one good, no not one.
“It only happened once in history and he was the son of God” -r.c sproul

15 05 2014
Angelo Brazil

interesting article. thanks for posting the link.

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