How To Deal With Suffering

Day 1 of 4 • This day’s reading


Living in a Sinful World

Have you ever wondered, “Why does God allow me to suffer?” Maybe you are currently in a season of suffering and wondering why God, who loves you so much, would allow you to experience such struggle or pain. 

Firstly, you must understand that the Word of God shares with us about men and women who suffered. Job is a perfect example of a man who loved and worshiped God yet went through a painful trial in his life. You are not alone in suffering. You can read the Scriptures to learn how great people of God suffered too, and the good news is that God never left their side. Take comfort in knowing He will never leave your side. 

Secondly, you must let it sink into your mind and heart and embrace the fact that we are living in a world that has been affected by the Fall. This means we are living in a world that is affected by sin. Sin has brought with it sorrow, heartache, loss, and death. Death made an entrance into this world through sin that was committed by one man. "Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us." This is what the Bible says about why we find the world the way we find it. It's a fallen, sinful place. 

In one sense, it could be a good reminder to yourself that if you were experiencing no suffering, it would mean you were living in a world unaffected by sin – because everybody experiences some level of suffering. Whether you're a believer in Christ or not, it's part of the course. Thankfully, it's not the end of the story. There is a new heaven and a new earth on the way, and God's people will be living in paradise for eternity with a new body that matches the new them. But until that day, suffering is just part of this world. 

I want you to find comfort in knowing that as a child of God, even through your suffering, God is going to be by your side. He will provide the strength, joy, peace, and love you need at the moment. Suffering and pain are momentary and temporary. Paul wrote in the book of Romans, "I am sure what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us…meanwhile creation is confused but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in this glorious freedom of His children." Dwell on this word today. 

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