Why Does God Allow Suffering?
Have you ever prayed a prayer to God pleading on your behalf to please take this sorrow and suffering away? Have you ever questioned God and asked, “God, if you’re a loving God, then why do you allow so much suffering?”
I don’t know if you have ever sat and read the prayer that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before, but it is filled with lots of sorrow and suffering. Jesus knew the time was coming before he was going to be arrested. He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, a quiet place to pray and sit with God. He took Peter, John, and James with Him to keep watch while He prayed.
Jesus was very troubled and distressed. He even told His three disciples, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” (Mark 14:34). Jesus knew it was only hours before he was going to be arrested and persecuted. His soul was heavy with the burden of what God was asking Him to do on behalf of everyone else–to bear the penalty of all our sins.
Jesus found a quiet spot and fell with his face to the ground praying and pleading with His Father, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from me, nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:35-36).
Jesus knew His Father was capable of all things. He even turned to Him in His sorrow asking Him to please take this cup from me. A cup’s symbolism is of deep sorrow and suffering. Jesus felt as though God was leaving Him behind and turning away from Him when He who had no sin was made to be the sin offering for us.Jesus didn't want to suffer but in the end, submitted to God and said not what I will, but what You will.Click To Tweet
God allowed Jesus to be arrested even though he was innocent. He even allowed Jesus to be flogged, beaten and crucified despite never sinning. God allowed His own Son to suffer, not because he didn’t care, but for US. God doesn’t need us, yet He chose us. He didn’t allow His own Son to suffer for nothing, but all for His glory.
God doesn’t like it when we hurt. He doesn’t like it when we suffer. We are His children when we hurt, He hurts. God doesn’t desire for us to suffer but has made a plan to carry us through to the other side of our suffering where His greatest blessings reside.
If anyone knows suffering it’s Jesus. He suffered too.
If anyone knows scars it’s Jesus. He has scars too.
If anyone knows heartache and burdens it’s Jesus, He had them too.
In our trials, God doesn’t leave us, He’s right there with us. In the Bible, God let Peter fall in the water, but He didn’t let him drown. God allowed Daniel to be thrown into the lion’s den, but He didn’t allow the lions to eat him. God allowed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be thrown into the fiery furnace but He didn’t allow them to get burned.
God’s plan for us isn’t to fail but to succeed in His plans for us. The trials we go through may hurt a lot, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. God is always for us not against us. We can hold onto God’s promises of who He is. Two promises God always keeps is He is good all the time and He loves us. If He didn’t, He would have never sent His only son to die for us.
Are you going through a trial right now that seems hopeless?
We can learn from Jesus, that in our trials when we are filled with sorrow and suffering, we can always turn towards God, Our Father, who makes all things possible. We can give God our sorrows and sufferings just like Jesus did so He can turn them into something so much better. Whatever you are going through know you are not alone, God is with you. You are loved!
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