Why Would a Good God Allow Suffering?
In our world of pain, where is God? If He is good and compassionate, why is life often so tragic? Has He lost control? Or, if He is in control, what is He trying to do to you and me and others?
In this four message series I will try to explain why, even Christians are going through some very tough times in their lives. If you are like me, you long for some way to put together an answer to this puzzling issue of suffering. I believe that God has given us enough pieces of the puzzle to help us trust Him even when we don’t have all the information we would like.
Suffering forces us to evaluate the direction of our lives. We can choose to despair by focusing on our present problems, or we can choose to hope by recognizing God’s long-range plan for us.
Romans 5:3, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
II Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength, my hope is made perfect in weakness.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Message 1 – “To Alert Us to the Problem of Sin”
Message 2 – “To Direct Us to Respond to Him in Faith and Hope.”
Message 3 – “To Shape Us to Be More Like Jesus.”
Message 4 – “To Unite Us – So That We Will Help Each Other.”