Conntecting the Dots

The Tough Question of Suffering

So consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3 NLT)

Having struggled with chronic pain for three decades, my sister has an insider’s perspective on suffering. She recently told me that the most common question believers and non-believers ask within that context is, “If God is a God of love, how could He allow innocent people to suffer?”

She often communicates with people who have rejected God because they feel this question goes unanswered. She reminds them that God didn’t instigate suffering; it entered the picture as a natural consequence when mankind sinned.

She also reminds them that the God of the Bible is the only God who suffered for mankind’s sake. He willingly became flesh and endured hunger, thirst, lashings, and ultimately crucifixion for us. Therefore, He fully identifies with us in our pain. That knowledge brings comfort and hope when we experience suffering or witness others walk through it.

Hurt comes, and sometimes it lingers for what feels like far too long. But here’s hope—we’re not alone. God is with us in the midst of it, and He empathizes with us.

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