How Could A Good God Allow So Much Suffering?


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John 16:33
 
I. God Tells Us There Will Be Suffering
‘These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.” ~ John 16:33
The famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, said this: ”The universe we observe has no design, no purpose, no
evil, and no good – nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares; DNA just is, and we dance to its music.”
 
”Well, if God were really God, then He would do away with evil.”
God is going to do away with evil.
Just because He hasn’t done away with evil yet, and evil brings pain and suffering, obviously; so, just because He hasn’t done it yet, doesn’t mean He’s not going to do it.
You know, when Job had the big problem with God because of all the suffering that came on him,
he began to ask questions of God.
He never sinned with his mouth.
He didn’t ascribe unseemliness to God.
He didn’t curse God as the devil said he would do. The devil said, ”God, You do this to him, he’ll curse You to Your face.”
Well, Job never did that.
He came to God with all these questions, and the LORD didn’t answer him for many, many chapters.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you will instruct Me!
Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who set its measurements?
Or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Where were you, Mr. Job, thinking you are entitled
to so many things?”
 
II. God Has A Plan For Our Lives
 
HE GIVETH MORE GRACE
”He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed, ‘ere the day is half done.
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.”