Suffering: Why God allows good people to suffer

(Wikimedia Commons/Mikhail Evstafiev)A woman mourning at a funeral.

Many people think that Christian life is all about joy and peace. Others might think that Christian life is so perfect and ideal because Christians are always talking about hope, salvation, and God's grace. However, the life of a Christian is like a bed of roses, including the thorns.

People think that it is unfair for good people to suffer. In some people's point of view, justice means: bad people should suffer and good people should not.

"God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, Sends them in the right direction (Psalms 25:8)."

However, the Lord said, as stated in Isaiah 55: 8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." He added, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

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Therefore, what is in the human mind is not actually what is in God's mind. God has a different plan for each of His people. He said that whatever happens to each of His children is according to His will and plan. Everything that He allows to happen in someone's life is essential for his own good.

God declared in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

When someone is suffering, he might feel forgotten and neglected. However, suffering does not mean that God has forgotten the person. God's plans for His children, including the good and the bad events, will lead them even closer to Him.

Sufferings are there to test someone's faith in God, just like in the story of Job. The man was righteous and spotless in the sight of God, but He allowed him to suffer so that he could prove the stability of his faith.

Even though suffering is a part of being a Christian, one must always keep in mind that after all the pain and distress, God will comfort him and everything shall be restored unto him.

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4)."

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