One of the most common questions people have whether they are Christians or not, is- ” Why does God allow suffering?”
Looking at the Bible can help us understand the problem of suffering in this life.
Basically, there are four types of suffering.
- The first type comes from natural disasters, such as an earthquake or a hurricane. The suffering that results from these disasters happens to everybody, both the righteous and unrighteous.
- The second type of suffering can be called man’s inhumanity to man. War would be classified under this type of suffering. Because of man’s greed and pride, people try to hurt other people.
- The third type of suffering is best seen in the life of Job in the Old Testament; it came as a result of Satan’s attack on him. After receiving permission from God, Satan moved in and caused incredible suffering to Job and his family.
- The fourth type of suffering comes from our own actions. For example, if I walk off a roof and fall to the ground, breaking my leg, I am suffering because I broke God’s law of gravity. In this same way, we suffer when we break God’s moral laws.
A lot of suffering can be traced back to the bad choices we make. Some, but not all, suffering is allowed by God as a punishment for sin. Often God simply forces us to live with the consequences of our actions (Galatians 6:7-8).
Whenever people break God’s laws, others are bound to suffer as well. We see this in the story of Achan in Joshua 7 in the Bible. He wanted and took some of the spoil from the battle of Jericho and his mistake cost the lives of thirty-six men in the battle against Ai. When we disobey God it almost always hurts other people.
The way we respond to suffering—whether or not we brought it on ourselves—is either going to make us or break us as Jesus followers. Circumstances often do more to reveal our character than to shape it. When we properly respond to trials, we develop patience and proven character (Romans 5:3-4).
Instead of focusing on our circumstances, we need to keep our focus on Jesus Christ. He is the source of life and will bring us through whatever situation we face. As a result, we will be stronger Christians. In the end, we will see that our trials help us to serve Him better.
Even when we are suffering, we can say with the psalmist, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6). The Lord Himself, as the great Sufferer, is our comfort and hope in times of trouble.
All we need to do is trust him always and he’ll never let us down nor perish in our troubles .
There is something attractive about a woman that loves the Lord and honors her husband. She raises her children in love and provides for her household. Her husband trusts in her and her children call her blessed. She feeds them with wisdom and corrects the erroneous doctrines that her children will pick up from the world.
Her husband makes sure everyone is ready for church and in the car they go. Gathering together with other believers they worship in one accord and God empowers the pastor to give a message inspired by their Heavenly Father. This fuel for the week is in addition to the fuel they receive daily in their private worship.
While the devil works hard to seduce them toward evil, God is working to seduce them toward righteousness. Their flesh craves the things of this world and the Spirit God has given them craves the things of…
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I don’t like what is happening to me! Because I don’t see why it should be me anyway! Why must it even be me that it will happen to? Why not others? Am I so bad? Am I so a sinner? I pay my tithe even! I drop offerings! I visit homeless children! I go to church regularly! So then why me?
These are the questions a lot of people ask themselves whenever the storm shows up, even when they’re tired and fed up of asking, as no amount of answers can stop and undo the storms.
But, DO STORMS JUST APPEAR?
No! Storms were created in order to reshape our thinking. Storms do not just occur, it is a process which has been destined will showcase.
Dolly Parton said and I quote, “Storms make trees take deeper roots” Have you ever had to think about how storms could make trees take deeper roots? How is that even possible? I wonder how God does that for even common trees to pass through storms which makes them take deeper roots. How much more you a human being He created in His own image?
When trees experiences storms, how do they even fight it considering the fact that they have no weapon to fight back? And most especially, they never even move an inch from where God planted them, And yet they come out stronger, they come out victoriously, their roots can spread as wide as they want, their branches are not limited, they bring forth fruits, they dominate in their area, they are not restricted, they become bigger and wider.
The storms that you experience are not to kill you neither are to destroy you nor to stop you from reaching where God has in mind for you. I want you to know that God who orchestrated trees to take deeper roots wants more than that for you. You also can take deeper roots because when storms comes, it affect every parts of your life leaving nothing untouched (see the case of Job).
When you experience storms, it is usually as if God has deserted you, God doesn’t even care for you anymore, He doesn’t even care whether you perish or not, He has left you alone, He’s not even concerned about you anymore or even seems to be asleep over your matter.
May I now tell you that God isn’t like that, He loves you so much that He wouldn’t allow anything to hurt you. Him that cares so much for the trees in the forest and even fights for them when storms comes, how much more you, He created in His own image? (Mark 4: 37-40).
ONE MAY ASK, HOW CAN I?
It is quite simple, trees cannot and will not have fought for themselves but one thing I do know is that THEIR FAITH do.
Have you ever wondered why the trees could take deeper roots in the presence of the storms and how they even survive the storms? That is because they recognize their maker, they rely solely on God to fight for them, they have the assurance in the one who planted them (GOD), they know they don’t need to be moved away but their faith can move for them, can conquer for them and can make them subdue.
What do you think of your FAITH, even when you have refused to move, can your faith move for you? Can it move on your behalf? And can it be enough to save you (Matt 9: 29)? That is the question you should ask yourself.
Lastly, God doesn’t require anything from you other than for you to acknowledge and reference Him as He who has the power and the ability to save and deliver you from whatever you may be going through. You’re definitely going to experience these storms but the question is, will you be able to pass through it and not the storm passing through you? Will it make you take deeper roots or thinner ones?
Remember, God who created you as a human being will not leave you to yourself all by yourself neither will He abandon you to suffer nor leave you alone in times of trouble.
Let your faith loose, send it on an errand and it will not disappoint you.
“If thou seek him, he will be found of thee.” 1Chron. 28:9
We need our God; He is to be had for the seeking; and He will not deny Himself to any one of us if we personally seek His face. It is not, if thou deserve Him, or purchase His favor, but merely if thou “seek” Him. Those who already know the Lord must go on seeking His face by prayer, by diligent service, and by holy gratitude: to such He will not refuse His favor and fellowship. Those who, as yet, have not known Him to their souls’ rest should at once commence seeking, and never cease till they find Him as their Saviour, their Friend, their Father, and their God.
What strong assurance this promise gives to the seeker! “He that seeketh findeth.” You, yes you, if you seek your God shall find Him. When you find…
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Hi lovely people, good morning to you all. Its a beautiful thing to be awake and alive this morning in good health and sound minds, don’t you think it is Worth been grateful for? A minister once said that the very crucial gift God could give to a person is the GIFT OF LIFE. The fact that you’re alive is enough to be thankful for, as you go about starting your daily activities, let this be a reminder to you that God has done so much for you by giving you a life that ordinarily you cannot give to yourself, hence the need to be grateful. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AHEAD OF YOU!!!
I have always thought I could do things that I like or want at any time as I dim fit since I owned myself but then, I was wrong. Fine I own myself but at the same time I do not own my life.
This got me thinking as to why I do not own my life and then I realized that I AM GOD’S, CREATED BY HIM AND NOT I CREATED MYSELF, IN HIS LIKENESS AND IN HIS IMAGE. Yes, I am and He has given me the authority to Act, Rule, Dominate and Take Charge.
1Cor 6:12 says( All Things Are Lawful For Me But Not All Things Are Expedient: All Things Are Lawful To Me, But I Will Not Be Brought Under Any).
The phrase’ I am free to do whatever I want ‘appears in 4 times in the book of 1 Corinthians. See 1Cor 10:23, and each time, Paul considers it necessary to add something to the basic statement. There is something true about the statement but by itself, the statement is wrong and dangerous.
Christians are free because of their relationship with God ( Rom 8: 1-2, Gal 3:24-25). The purpose of God’s law is not to control His people, it is basically to tell them that they need Jesus to save them but after God saves a person it is now the work of the Holy Spirit to guide the person’s life.
1Cor 14:27-32 talks about the Christians in Corinth who considered themselves free, they had seen evidence that the Holy Spirit was working in their lives, but Paul insisted that they were not yet mature in their Christian lives (1Cor 3:1-3) they were doing things that they themselves wanted to do and not what God wanted them to do.
Being free to do whatever you want to do is true for the mature Christians because the Holy Spirit is leading them anyway and what they do through the help of the HOLY Spirit is always right but for the immature Christians, they may be free but they want the wrong things to be done because the leading of the Holy Spirit is not there.
As humans, we often make this mistake and it has even now become a permanent saying that for as much as am created by God, I can do anything that I like at any time because I am His child. An unbeliever will even tell it to your face, that I am created in the image of God and so I have the right to do whatever I want after all we worship the same God, forgetting that, the fact that you’re a child of God doesn’t make you a recognized child with the father, the fact that you’re created by Him doesn’t make you do anything you like, the fact that we worship the same God doesn’t make you do as you please.
Remember the saying, ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL FOR ME, BUT ALL THINGS EDIFY NOT…