Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why does God allow suffering?

'm really getting tired of being sick. I'm not a very patient person, and one week of being sick is okay, but over five weeks is not. Last night I cried because I couldn't even get on my bed after trying to pick something up. And I don't usually cry, either. Why does God allow suffering? Dad sent me a bunch of verses to look up. Here are a few ones that really stuck out to me.

"It was good for me to be affilcted so that I could learn Your statutes." Psalm 119:71 
So that we could learn God's statutes. Okay, so what's that supposed to mean?  The dictionary says 'statutes' means a collection of rules imposed by authority. 
Basically this means that it's good for us to suffer so we can learn God's rules and laws. (At least that's what I've researched it to mean.)

"If Your instruction had not been my delight, I would have died in my affliction." Psalm 119:92
David's saying that if God's instruction had not been his delight, he would have died when he suffered. Think about it. When non-Christians suffer what happens a lot? They kill themselves. They get so sad they just don't have anything to live for. 
We are also supposed to delight in God's instructions. Okay, well maybe you're like "God's never really told me to do anything important, like be a missionary." Well, start will the little things. Like reading your Bible and memorizing scripture. Honestly read your Bible. God will speak to you so much when you do.

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil."
Jesus fasted for forty days and nights. Have you ever tried to go without food for a day? It's hard, right? Can you even image forty days? Probably not, at least I can't. So Jesus was really suffering. And Satan was temping Him, too. 

Why do we suffer? So God can test us, to see how we'll respond. When your siblings mess up you stuff are you going to get mad? When someone tells you to do something that you know your not supposed to do are you going to do it? When you're sick for a super duper long time are you going to be impatient and feel sorry for yourself? Remember, God's testing you.

"And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope." Romans 5:3-4
Wow. God's allowing me to suffer so I can produce endurance,  character, and hope. Those are all great things to have!

"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Things are going to work out, if you obey God.  Remember Job? He had his house, stock, and children taken away. But Job still obeyed God, and things worked out in the end. He got everything back and more.

"It is a clear evidence of God's righteus judgment that you will be counted worthy of God's kingdon, for which you also are suffering," 2 Thessalonians 1:5
We suffer so that we will be worthy of God's kindom.  You ask how could we be worthy. Well that's for you to figure out. 

So that's why God allows me to suffer. I feel much better now. But when will I get healthy again? That's in His hands. Wouldn't you like to be in His hands?

In His hands,

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PS: Just because I researched and studied six verses doesn't mean my explanations are true. If you see anything wrong, please let me know.


  1. I am praying for you my dear friend! May the Lord keep incouraging you through His word as you struggle just now!


    p.s. are we still penpals? Or do you just want to do it online for now? If you do still want to be penpals, give me your address and I'll right you asap!! Lots of Love~ Johanna

  2. I'm so sorry your having to deal with sickness right now, Kendra. I'll be praying for you to get well very soon!

    From what I read, you said it all right. ;) God really does have a purpose behind suffering, we just have to open our eyes to see it. And no matter what, we know we can trust in Him completely!

    Thanks for writing such a wonderful reminder. :)

    -- Taylor

  3. Hello Kendra

    Thank you for your comment on our blog.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been sick, especially for so long - it is awful. My sister and I know how you feel as over the last year we also had long bouts of illness (wonder if it's an African thing? :P )

    I know that one really appreciates health after being sick! I also believe that 'suffering' is part of a Christian's character-building and although it's not nice going through these things, yet all things work together to good to those that love the Lord!

    I hope you'll soon be well and that a great blessing will come out of this for you!

    God bless you,

  4. Hmmm.. Could I ship to Egypt?! I'll ask my mom.


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