Summary: Making sense of our sufferings and pains
Why God? Why?
Making sense of our sufferings
3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance, character, and character, hope.
5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life?
Interrogative: If God is so loving, if God is all powerful, if God is all knowing, why do I suffer?
Citation: "Case for Faith" by Lee Strobel
1. God is so loving.
-- God is Love.
-- God is Love before He created the world.
-- In this Loving Relationship, God has given us Free Will.
-- We suffer because of the misuse of our free will.
2. God is all powerful.
-- But there are some things God cannot do.
-- He cannot lie. (Tit 1:2)
-- He cannot sin and tolerate sin. (Isa 6)
-- He cannot contradict Himself.
3. God is all knowing.
Isaiah 55 : 8-9
8 Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds, 9 for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans.
But who indeed are you -- a mere human being -- to talk back to God? Does what is molded say to the molder, "Why have you made me like this?
“[God answered to Job:] Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding!”
4. Why do we suffer?
-- God’s ultimate answer to this question is not a foolproof rationale explanation
-- God sent His Son!!!
---- To suffer for us
---- To suffer with us
------ I will never leave you (Heb 13:5)
------ I am with you (Isa. 41:10)