Pain and suffering are a part of our world, and an all-too-real part of our lives. The common response to suffering is trying to make sense of it. Why did this happen? What possible good could come from it? What did I do to deserve this? Many of our questions in times of trial are rooted in humanism – the philosophical stance that the reason for existence is the happiness of man. We’re quick to forget that this is God’s Story, not our own. There is an eternity that awaits us when this life is over. In Christ and His Church, we see that God IS presently at work remedying the pain and suffering of this world. One day, He will remove it altogether. Until then, how can you be a part of His work? The more important question for us is not why suffering exists, but what He wants us to do about it.
Scripture References: John 9:1-7; 2 Peter 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Romans 9:20-21; Luke 4:18-19; Matthew 11:4-5; Revelation 19:11-13; Revelation 21:3-4; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; John 8:29; Isaiah 8:6