“Why?” is a question we often ask about suffering. This question is so important because it directs people in one of two directions: toward God or away from God.
We ask this question for ourselves, and for others. Often our “why” is not just the inquisitive “why” of a child, but it is the angry, confident “WHY?” that is more an argument than a question. We act as if we know there is no good reason for what is occurring.
Have you come to a satisfactory solution to the question of why there is suffering? Is there an answer?
Suffering is an inescapable part of our world. It draws our attention completely inward. How do we deal with it? We want to make sense of it. We live in a cursed time. God made the world, but He allowed rebellion (sin), which affected creation and our lives. All of us rebelled against Him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3). Therefore, the world is marked by suffering.
And from the book of Job, we see three truths that will help answer even more.
1. The Plain Truth About God and Job
God is all-powerful; Job and his friends both agree on this (Job 26, 34, 36, 37:14, 23).