The Loving God And Suffering

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The Loving God And Suffering

 

Thursday, August 29, 2017

 

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16 NKJV)


If God is so loving, why do I see so much suffering in this life? This is the question that people love to ask just to prove that God is not “love” or there is no God who is love. From reading the quoted above verse we know that the loving God was willing to sacrifice His only Son to redeem man from the wages of their sin. Why did He do that? Did He not love His only Son anymore? What went through God's mind when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for the sake of sinners? Was He pleased or was He sad?

 

To answer this question, let us take a look at what the Bible has to say and we let the Bible talk for itself. Isaiah 53:10 (NKJV) says, "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand." In a glimpse, we might think or even judge God as losing His mind. What kind of father is please to bruise his son or please to put him to grief? Is it really love? How can I understand this kind of love that seems to be gruesome to me?

 

When we step back and allow God to speak to us, we will be able to have a big picture without being judgmental. Jesus has become a seed that He planted to bear more fruits that remain. Isn't it an act of love? God is love (1 John 4:8) is one of the many attributes of God. Since God remains the same throughout eternity (Malachi 3:6) "God is love" never changes. What changes in the life of man that we see suffering though suffering was not in the plan of God from before the foundation of the world?

 

To understand the changes that led man to experience sufferings, let us take a look at what the Bible has to say. Genesis 3:16 says, "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children". Sorrow and pain came right after man sinned when they rebelled against God by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, of which God said you shall not eat of it. Another way of saying it "sorrow and pain" came as a result of man's choice to rebel against God's commandment.

 

Since His attribute "God is love" remains constant, while sorrow and suffering came as a result of sin, it is safe to conclude that God is still “love” because sorrow and suffering came by choice to sin (rebelling against His commandment). God is “love” and He reigns despite sorrow and suffering experienced by man and because He is “love”, He was willing to send His Son to die in the place of sinners. God planted a good seed in the life of His Son that through Him many may come to the Father. This proves only that God is indeed “love”, He exists and He reigns forever more. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org