Summary: A sermon examining the reason that God's children face suffering, trials and tribulations in this life.
Understanding Christian Suffering
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A Charlotte, North Carolina, pastor and his wife have been hit by unthinkable tragedy, losing their 2-year-old son and newborn child in just matter of days. Gentry and Hadley Eddings were driving home to Charlotte as part of a caravan on Saturday when a truck struck the vehicle transporting Hadley and the couple’s son, Dobbs. Hadley Eddings, was eight months pregnant, (and she) survived, but needed an emergency C-section. Dobbs (their oldest son) did not survive the crash, and the newborn baby, Reed, was ultimately declared dead.David Chadwick, the senior pastor at Forest Hill Church, delivered the tragic news to church members on Tuesday:He stated that: “Gentry and Hadley are beloved by us all…He is a man of enormous integrity. They both possess a deep faith. But it will be challenged in the days and weeks to come like no other time.”The couple is now leaning on their faith and prayers to get them through what will certainly be the most trying period in their lives.(Source:http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/26/charlotte-pastor-wife-lose-newborn-child-days-after-their-2-year-old-son-died-in-tragic-crash/)
In the comments section of this article someone asked the question "How could a loving God allow this to happen to one of His own servants?" To that I would say... the same way He allowed His only Son to go to a rugged cross and die for the sins of the world. But WHY is a question that has persisted throughout the ages.One that most likely each person here has asked at one time or another.... "Why do bad things happen to good people"? My favorite answer to that question comes for J. Vernon McGee. Someone wrote to him and asked that question and his response was " The answer is simple, there are no good people. For the Bible tells us in Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
Perhaps a better way to ask the question would be "why do the righteous suffer?" That is the question that was asked of C.S. Lewis, He replied "Why not?... They're the only ones who can take it." Suffering is covered extensively in the Bible. The Book of Job spends 42 Chapters on the subject. Jeremiah, Lamentations, Habakkuk and other Old Testament books spend a great deal of time considering human suffering. We read in depth of the struggles that the Children of Israel faced in the wilderness. We read of their captivity and slavery. About 1/3 of the Psalms speak of doubt, frustration, disappointment and pain. In the New Testament we see the intense sufferings of our Savior. Jesus faced more pain and suffering than anyone in history. And if God would allow that to happen to His only Son, then why should we expect to be exempt? We also see the immense suffering in the lives of the Apostles of Christ. Many times they were arrested and they faced physical harm and even lost their lives as a result of their devotion to Christ. But these men found a way to rejoice in their persecution