Where do you go when suffering comes? One thing is inevitable: we are all going to, in some form or fashion, experience suffering in this world. Try as hard as we might to shelter and protect ourselves in one way or another, we will taste the bitter reality of suffering, pain and loss. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly incapable of handling suffering. In the mind of the modern man, where all too often the world and all that we experience is the result of cosmic chance, there is little to no room to explain suffering. So, as a result of this, we are left unable to explain and define suffering. But the truth is that deep down we all long to know why there is suffering, and we long for there to be some reason for it.
What we find as we look to the Bible is that there is a reason for suffering. According to the Bible, suffering serves a purpose because all creation serves a wonderful purpose. Psalm 19 writes, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Creation is not the result of random chance but rather the purposeful creation of a loving God. And what takes place within God’s creation has a purpose, and this includes suffering. The apostle Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good; for those who are called according to his purpose.”
This is a wonderful promise from God that all things, which includes suffering (because if there was one thing not included in all things, then “all things” could not be all things), work together for good, for those who love God. The truth is that the world does not have answers to address the suffering that you are dealing with, but the Bible does.
God promises to work all things for good for those who love God. So we invite you to love God. Repent of your sin and believe the gospel. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life. “If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved; for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9,13)
If you are interested in knowing more about God and His word, then we invite you to join us any Sunday at Redeemer International Community Church in Millak-dong, Nobel Sky Building, 3rd Floor, or visit us online at redeemerbusan.org.
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