If God is good, why is there suffering in the world? That question can take a long time to answer if we look it from the larger perspective. Entire books have been written to address the question. But let’s look at the question from a micro level and notice how it affects our lives.
Some buildings have a doorman. Their function is to allow access only to people who are authorized to be there. In the same way, God is the doorman of our life. He does not allow anything to come into our lives without His knowledge. When difficult things come into our lives, it is not because they have snuck by God. He was not distracted or sleeping and thus, missed something. One young pastor who was sharing his difficulties with a mentor pastor was asked, “What lesson is the Lord trying to teach you?” The young pastor admitted he had not thought about that.
God is willing and able to handle all the circumstances that enter our lives. He is sovereign and loving. If I face something difficult, there is a reason for it. God allows difficulties into our lives for a good purpose. It could be so we can help others through similar trials. The purpose may be difficult to understand when we are in the midst of a challenging situation, but we need to trust him with our very lives.
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