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Why Do We Have Suffering?

Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys gardening and studying the Scripture.

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Why Do We Suffer?

As we see and experience suffering every now and then, we often wonder and ask ourselves these questions, "Why this suffering?" or "How come?" or "Why me Lord?" And most of the times we never get answers to these questions. However, the Scripture gives us a clear-cut answer through the Biblical characters who had first hand experience of the trials that we humans, have been going through. They have painstakingly penned the lessons for us. Let's learn from their answers.


1. Suffering is God's way of getting our attention.

Job 36:15(NLT), "But by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer.
For he gets their attention through adversity."

Job, a blameless man of complete integrity as the first verse of the book describes, had his share of suffering like no one else did. He lost all of his valuable possessions, massive wealth, and precious children. He speaks of a stark reality that, human as we are, we often think of God and call on Him only, during our challenges and difficulties. Thus, Job has the right to declare, "God allows suffering because He wants to get our attention and turn to Him for help."

2. Suffering is necessary before we can enter God's glory.

Luke 24:26(NLT), "Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”

To exemplify for us, Jesus himself suffered in so much agony and death. This suffering happened before He ascended to heaven to be glorified and spoken of by the Father. Then He sat in the right side of God to become the High Priest and Mediator for us mankind. This is the same with us Christians, as Jesus' followers we are expected to experience some suffering before we can have God's glory.

3. Suffering is needed for us to experience God's comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:5(NLT), "For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ."

Comfort in suffering? This sounds paradoxical, isn't it? Yet, it is inspiring to note that Apostle Paul himself, being converted from a persecutor to an apostle, could boldly declare "The more we suffer, the more comfort we receive from God." Paul who penned these words in here, experienced suffering too. He has suffered so much for Jesus during his ministry and missionary journey. Thus, he understands deeply that unless we suffer for Christ, we shall never experience comfort from Him.Praise God for our suffering then!

4. Suffering makes us strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10(NLT), " That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

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This verse appears or sounds like an irony. For who can be happy in suffering? Humanly speaking, no one! Yet Apostle Paul continues to encourage us that as we suffer, we become stronger in our faith. True, "trials make pure gold" as a song goes.

5. Because we serve Jesus, we live in constant danger of death.

2 Corinthians 4:11(NLT), "Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies."

As followers of Jesus, we are never exempted from persecution and suffering. Paul and other biblical writers constantly point this out to us. So, it is expected that from time to time, bits and pieces of sufferings will be showered along our paths. Nevertheless, God assures us "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be
discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand"(Isaiah 41:10,NLT).

Hope Despite Our Suffering

Yes, there is so much suffering in this world wherever we are. We see pain almost anywhere as we hear and read them in the news. Yet, despite all of these, there is hope. The God of the universe, the one who created us and cares for us assures us with these promises:

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee"(Deuteronomy 31:6,KJV).

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" Isaiah 41:10).

Finally Jesus said,

"1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also"(John 14:1-3, KJV).

Be of good cheer! Delight in suffering for Him.Trust God today. He's coming back soon to take us home with Him where there will be no more pains, heartaches, and suffering of all sorts.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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