There is so much suffering today and quite a lot of it is readily seen via the multiple newscasts on television. Sometimes, it can be difficult even for a believer to justify a God of total Love allowing this to exist, especially where children and ‘the innocent’ are concerned. Individual and unnoticed cases of suffering abound daily, as well.
First of all, God invented ‘tough love’…. if there was a better way for us (believers and non-believers) to learn the lessons God has appointed us to benefit from then He would use it. So, in His wisdom, He has designated it (pain and suffering) the best way to go.
He required His only begotten Son to suffer (pain) beyond human imagination, all for the sake of the good of ALL mankind. His Son has been gloriously rewarded for His sacrifice (pain and suffering). As Paul wrote, the suffering of this present life is NOT WORTHY to be compared with what God has prepared for us (and, eventually, even sinners and non-believers).
Keep in mind, each trial or episode of suffering is tailor-made for the individual….each person is specially ‘equipped’ to handle his or her particular hardship….no one is ever pushed beyond her or his limits (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament).
As with Job, God will place LIMITS on what Satan’s actions or any trial can be (Job 1:12). What might be quite difficult for me may be easy for you, so we cannot completely and accurately comprehend what another is going through, merely based on our own life’s experience and limitations.
God , in His mercy and love, even programs our brains to be able to shut down the acceptance of pain at certain times, depending on the situation. And the body is capable of releasing pain killers far more powerful than morphine. At other times, when we can handle it, He allows us to experience quite a bit of real, harsh pain. Each person is created and programmed uniquely different to cope with her or his sufferings in life.
With the children and the ‘innocent’ suffering as they do, I can again reiterate, we can rest assured that none will be asked to endure any ‘trial’ more than each is capable of handling (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament). And when our hearts break and are torn asunder when we see this, you can bet God’s and Christ Jesus’ hearts ache a zillion times more for what They see the creation going through….however, it is just something that God has determined they have to go through for their eventual good and glory.
In fact, it is just something that we ALL must experience to enable ALL of us to attain to and appreciate fully the GLORIOUS life for which we ALL are destined, each in our own order. (Please reference the Posts on “All Creation Will Be Saved” and “Misunderstanding About The Salvation of All Creation”)
Regarding the the suffering we saints go through while here on earth, I give you an excerpt from “Abandonment To Divine Providence” which can be found , along with the entire book, at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.ii_1.ii.iii.v.html (just click the web address with your mouse pointer) :
“This (our present sufferings) is not to be wondered at. What else could be expected? It is natural to this state. God has His plans for souls, and under this disguise He carries them out very successfully. Under the name of “disguise” I include ill-success, corporal infirmities, and spiritual weakness. All succeeds, and turns to good in the hands of God. ”
End of excerpt.
The bottom line is that God can allow limited, individually prescribed suffering because He can and will turn it into the highest good for EVERYONE in the end when He is ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:22-24,28….Young’s Literal Translation)
As well, remember Romans 8:18:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” This is true for the ENTIRE creation (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”!.
Going further, in Colossians 1:24 Paul said he was able to REJOICE in his sufferings and in 2 Corinthians 7:4 he writes “….I am filled with all comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all of our suffering.” The Post on “Supernatural Joy” illustrates that the HOLY joy given by the Holy Spirit can defy circumstances when we are learning from our sufferings.
When we suffer from life’s experiences it also serves to HUMBLE us, especially in FAILURE. (please reference the Post by this title). If we do not faint and remain faithful, this can be one of our greatest blessings!! Oswald Chambers writes in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the same title) that when our Father and Jesus allow this ‘darkness’ of suffering to affect us the resulting “gift of humiliation” we experience (as a result of it revealing our human frailty and subsequent TOTAL NEED of God and Christ Jesus) “brings softness of the heart that will always listen to God”.
GOD and CHRIST JESUS ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING IN TOTAL, HOLY LOVE….concerning ALL our needed trials and sufferings as believers….and this ‘tough love’ ALWAYS works together for our glorious good (Romans 8:28).
All the best in Him,