Why does God allow suffering?
While there’s way more than 10, here’s some reasons why God allows suffering:
1. To make you more like Jesus (Romans 8:17).
2. To make you more dependent on him (2 Corinthians 1:9).
3. To remove idols in your life (1 John 5:21).
4. So that you can learn to comfort others who are also suffering (2 Corinthians 1:4).
5. To remind you that heaven is your home (John 15:19).
6. To remind you of the severity of sin (Genesis 3:14).
7. To give you a deeper impact for the lost because nothing grabs the attention of an unbeliever like a Christian devoted to Christ in the midst of deep pain (Philippians 1:13).
8. To encourage other Christians (Philippians 1:14).
9. To make you long more for heaven (Philippians 1:23).
10. To strengthen your faith (James 1:2-4).
Ultimately, you and I won’t know the full reason for our suffering until we get to heaven. At that moment, Jesus will wipe away every tear, and death will be no more. The current suffering that you experience will not be worth comparing to the glory that you’ll know in heaven. But, for now, you should expect to suffer. As John Piper once said, “We cannot look at the cross and see Jesus there and think we’ll be spared.”
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