Summary: Some scriptural guidelines for when our faith is barraged in the midst of suffering and evil.
SERIES: “ANSWERS FOR SOME OF LIFE’S DIFFICULT QUESTIONS”
TITLE: “WHERE IS GOD WHEN I HURT?”
INTRODUCTION: A. We started a new series last Sunday with the introductory message “Difficult
1. The series is called “Answers for Some of Life’s Difficult Questions”
--We’re going to tackle some of the tough questions that bother people about God
and about Christianity
2. Here are the questions we’ll be looking at:
a. How can there be a powerful and loving God if there is so much pain and so
much evil in the world?
b. I’ve never seen a miracle I can prove. And science is explaining so much we
once thought miraculous. Can we really believe the miracles of the Bible?
c. How could the God of the Bible be worthy of worship if he is responsible for
the death of innocent children?
d. Isn’t it offensive and arrogant to claim that Jesus is the only way to God?
e. How could a loving God create a place called Hell?
f. Christians have been responsible for so much violence and oppression and evil
in the name of God. Doesn’t our failure to reflect the character of God call into
question our ability to proclaim the truth of God?
g. Can I really be a Christian when I keep having so many questions and doubts?
3. Those are difficult questions.
a. They’re worth pondering.
b. I hope you’ll bring a friend
B. The question we are going to reflect on this morning: If God is so good, and God is
so powerful, and God is so loving, and God is so just - if there is really a God - why is
there so much pain and suffering and evil in this world?
1. Sometimes, this question is even more difficult for Christians
a. If God is so good and so powerful and so loving and just, why do his own
people, why do Christians suffer so much pain and evil in this world?
b. If God won’t take care of those who rebel against Him, why won’t he at least take
care of those who serve Him?
2. The fact is, there’s probably no question about God that has vexed people more than
a. Epicurus: “Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not
want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is
impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can
and wants to abolish evil, how comes evil in the world?”
b. John R. W. Stott: “The fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single
greatest challenge to the Christian faith, and has been in every generation. Its
distribution and degree appear to be entirely random and therefore unfair.
Sensitive spirits ask if it can possible be reconciled with God’s justice and love.”
3. Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith: “Christians believe in five things…First, God
exists. Second, God is all-good. Third, God is all-powerful. Fourth, God is all-
wise. And fifth, evil exists.”
--He then asks, “Now, now can all of those statements be true at the same time?”
4. I’m not going to pretend that I know all the answers and can solve this puzzle for
you in the next few minutes
--I simply want to offer a few suggestions that might be worth considering