Why does God allow us to suffer? Why does God allow pain and suffering? Does He have a good reason? Is anything positive accomplished by our pain and suffering?
Why does God allow us to suffer?
God does no cause the pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a result of disobedience, either our own or the disobedience of someone else.
If someone drives his automobile through a red light and smashes into another vehicle, he can cause pain and suffering for someone else and not for himself only. God is not the one that caused the accident, the negligent driver did.
Why doesGod allow pain and suffering?
God, though, does allow the accident to take place. He takes no action to stop the accident from happening. He did not stop Adam and Eve from sinning. He did not stop Satan from tempting them. Why?
He allows pain and suffering because one of his cardinal qualities is justice. His sense of justice, coupled with Him having given us freedom of choice, has to allow for the consequence of the breaking of a law or command to bring on the unfavorable result. A law would be useless without a consequence, which when it comes to breaking laws, brings on pain and suffering.
Is there a purpose to pain and suffering?
Yes, there is definitely a purpose. Notice what Proverbs 20:30 (Good News Translation) has to say: "Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways."
So the purpose is to teach us that the breaking of laws results in negative consequences, which are pain and suffering and so hopefully we will change our ways.
What is God trying to teach us through pain and suffering?
If we hit our thumb with a hammer, what do we learn? Don’t we learn from the pain and suffering inflicted that we should not do that?
Some need pain and suffering to change their ways. A wise person takes counsel to heart and acts on it. He makes changes without the need to suffer a painful experience. He also learns from observing what happens to other
Notice what Hebrews 5:7-8 reveals: Hebrews 5:8 King James Version (KJV) “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”
What are supposed to learn?
We are supposed to learn that disobedience has consequences with brings pain and suffering. If we learn that lesson then it will serve us well in the future.
Is it an effective way of teaching?
If Jesus learned from it then it definitely is an effective teaching method. Rebellious mankind in opposition to God tries to show God wrong by saying that punishment that cause physical pain is not effective and barbaric. God says different! They have made laws against parents using any force to discipline children. Schools are not allowed the use of any corporal punishment to discipline students. What are the results?
Yet in nature we see examples of this lesson. What is the unpleasant smell of a skunk trying to teach us? It is trying to teach us that some things are better kept at a distance and not messed with.
The thorns of a rosebush are trying to teach us that some delicate, fragile and beautiful things should be handled gently and carefully.
So, pain and suffering are powerful teachers. They teach us the importance and value of obedience. It is up to us to learn the lessons well or we will suffer!