How do we explain to an unbelieving world (and ourselves) how a good and loving God allows terrible suffering and we still call Him good and loving?
How do we reconcile it within our faith and to others when,
the baby is born with severe health issues…
the young parent is taken away from younger children…
the cancer comes back…
the job is gone and the home with it…
or a myriad of other pain and afflictions common to man.
This community is one full of people with strong faith…yet even many of us grow weary under the trials of this world.
My tribe likes to say that our trials are for “our good and God’s glory”… which is true, but thats a cold, hard pillow to lay your head on.
Here’s how I cope.
First I have a presupposition that God is good.
Second, I believe in “particular providence”.
That means that every detail of my life is superintended by God, right down to the hairs that fall from my head.
That means that even the bad stuff…the really bad stuff…somehow comes from nail scarred hands.
See presupposition #1…
It’s all part of the all that He is working together for good according to Romans 8.
It still hurts like hell.
Third, I rarely ask “why”, but try to remember “Who”.
God didn’t just superintend suffering from above, He came and suffered with us and for us as one of us.
The Creator of all things submitted to the same kind of inexplicable, unjust suffering that we see and experience ourselves.
He faced the great enemy of us all in death, experienced the worst it could give, and rose again triumphant.
Before that he asked the Father if there was a plan B….and I do that too.
That’s how I will get through today…how do you reconcile suffering and the goodness of God?