By Karen O’Connor:
An older friend of mine is facing a huge challenge right now—physically and emotionally. Everything is up for grabs. Her health is weak, her husband is failing, and her family lives far away. I’m sad seeing her situation, and I help as I’m able. But at the same time I believe in the possibility of her finding God in suffering and loss, because He is right there for her and for everyone going through similar circumstances.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 in the Bible)
At such times, however, many people turn away from God, wondering how he could allow such pain. We are not puppets or robots. We are human beings who are subject to the ups and downs of life on earth. Stuff happens! We all experience the unexpected and unwanted.
The important thing to know is that God carries us through and promises life eternal to those who stand with him. I found comfort and peace and answers to human suffering in this article: Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? adapted from The Bible Has the Answer, by Henry Morris and Martin Clark, published by Master Books, 1987.
Finding God in suffering and loss may seem unlikely when you are in pain, but He is indeed there for you.
For more encouragement, view this inspiring YouTube video:
Why God Allows Pain and Suffering–Lee Strobel
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com