mystery of suffering

Can We Live With The Mystery of Suffering?

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God R.C. Sproul Jr.
SESSION 7 Living with the Mystery

Mystery of Suffering

Can We Accept it?

In the past videos we learned that God does punish as in with Adam and Eve, He does stand against Satan as with Job, He shows His glory on earth as with the blind man, and He humbles us as with Paul’s thorn in the flesh. One would think with all that we could understand all suffering, but do we? When it comes to our very specific circumstance that is troubling us can we explain it?

I like where R.C. Sproul Jr. mentioned that God is not punitive or angry with us, that was taken care of on the cross. But, He is all about us growing to be more like Jesus. So, often God uses our circumstances to guide is in that endeavor. I believe the years that my husband and I were living apart is part of God helping us grow closer to Him. Our Heavenly Father needed to have us experience the pain of those years to learn that only through Him will things work. Now that both my husband and I put God first He is bringing us back together.

mystery of suffering
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But, what about the babies who die, or the Christians who die for their faith? Can we explain those things? The mystery of suffering can be so perplexing. We know by now that God controls all evil and good in the world. So, why do these things happen to innocent people? Well, also remember none of us are good because the nature we are born with. Then why do we think we deserve and explanation to why God does some of the things He does? We cannot ever come close to having the powerful knowledge He does. I think if we just come to accept all the good He has done in, and for our lives, we can also accept that what we see has painful He will ultimately use for the good of His plan.

We need to remember that we are not the only person on earth. Sometimes the mystery of suffering is because what we are experiencing is to benefit someone else. How wonderful it is to be used by the one who created everything. That He thinks so highly of us to trust us with this experience just so someone can be blessed and find Him for themselves. For me I am ready to accept the mystery of suffering for my ever loving Father.

Outside sources

The Problem of Pain – Official Site |
Feb 26, 2010 Lewis says that we must understand our fallenness. … Christianity creates the problem of pain because it provides hope for righteousness and …

Mature faith requires understanding pain – The Chimes
May 3, 2017 As Christians, students should have their hearts broken by the struggles of the oppressed people in this world.

When We Suffer: A Biblical Perspective on Chronic Pain and Illness …
Christian or not, it’s a question that comes up repeatedly during times of grief and … in many ways, remains a mystery, one that we will never fully understand this …

Religions – Christianity: Animal rights – BBC
Aug 3, 2009 Christianity’s teachings about animal rights, animal suffering and … Animals can’t understand that a particular experience of pain is only …

Humanitarian Passions. The Survival of Christian Iconography in …
Jun 24, 2019 My research project aims at contributing to understanding the role … through a comparative study of representations of pain in the history of …

Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian …
Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life [R. C. Sproul, … First one – understanding on pain of young man without experienced it,  …

God, What Is Going On?
In the Bible, you’ll find assurance that God does understand and wants to help … As painful as it was, God allowed Jesus to die as part of His plan to end … He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for that sin.

A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ |
Dr. C. Truman Davis conducts a detailed and thorough physical investigation of the excruciating painful death Jesus Christ suffered on the cross and related …

What Is the Christian Obligation to a Friend in Pain?
When we see people in pain we rightly want to help. … to pray for physical healing, but if that is all we pray for, we don’t really understand pain and suffering.

Job — A Limited Understanding of Pain | CBE International
Jan 29, 2014 They experience incredible, unjust pain that rarely gets tied up nicely in a bow and doesn’t fit into the Christian understanding of God caring for …


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