Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Lesson 4, Part 10


How God Sees Suffering

The Bible puts our sufferings into proper perspective.

The Bible explains why we hurt, the ultimate purpose for our afflictions and how we play an important role in relieving the agonies of others—not only by personally helping them but in bringing the knowledge of the true gospel to a world mired in anguish caused by sin.

In many ways the Bible, taken as a whole, shows how God is willing to relieve our sufferings in many ways. He has many options available to Him.

He particularly looks after His people (Hebrews 13:5-6). “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20).

Above all, remember that suffering is only temporary, not eternal. After its purpose has been accomplished, God will erase it forever. One of the most reassuring and encouraging prophecies in the Bible talks about God relieving suffering: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-5).

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Points to Ponder

The following questions are intended as a study aid, to spur further thought on the concepts discussed in this lesson and to help you apply them on a personal level.

We suggest you take the time to write your answers to these questions and compare them to the scriptures given.

  • Does God force us to conform to His will? Or does He allow us to make our own decisions as to whether we will follow His ways? (Deuteronomy 30:19).
  • Does freedom of choice allow for good and evil outcomes? (Romans 3:15-17; Numbers 14:18).
  • Wrong choices bring sorrow. What is the result of following the lead of the Spirit of God and making right choices? (Galatians 6:7-8).
  • Our innermost character is important to God. What power does He offer us to enable us to follow His ways and have character like His? (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
  • Christ suffered so we can be justified and reconciled to God. What do Christians need to learn from Jesus’ sufferings? (1 Peter 2:19-21; Philippians 1:29).
  • Who is behind much of mankind’s suffering? (1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 5:19).
  • Throughout history God’s followers have suffered for their faithfulness. What can we learn from their examples? (James 5:10; Hebrews 11:24-26).
  • How do our daily sufferings compare with the future that awaits us if we are among the faithful of God? (Romans 8:18).
  • Are we told to avoid certain activities and thus avoid bringing on ourselves unnecessary suffering? (1 Peter 4:15; Proverbs 1:29-32).
  • God provides help and comfort for sufferers. What is the ultimate comfort and assistance provided by Christ’s sacrifice? (Hebrews 2:17-18, 1 John 1:7-9; John 2:1-2).
  • What is the permanent reward for those who suffer for righteousness’ sake? (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:11-12).


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