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TITLE: Why Does God Allow Suffering?


  1. This question is as old as the first tear, and as recent as the latest newscast.

  2. It was asked by Job, and is asked by every person who lives.

  3. Why does God allow suffering, pain, disease, disaster?”

  4. How can Christians rejoice in the midst of their trials?” (James 1:2)

  5. Here are some Biblical answers.


  1. Suffering keeps this world from becoming too attractive.
    A. Hebrews 13:14
    B. 1 Peter 2:11

  2. Suffering can bring out our best.
    A. Romans 5:3-4

  3. Suffering gives an occasion to silence the enemies of God.
    A. 1 Peter 2:15 We must silence foolish men who ridicule God.
    B. Job’s suffering silenced Satan.
    C. We must be patiently endure to silence the critics.

  4. Suffering makes us appreciative.
    A. We often take the comforts of life for granted.
    B. Good health, friends, freedom to worship, loving family.
    C. Philippians 1:3-8

  5. Suffering makes up more dependent upon God.
    A. We often thing of ourselves as self-sufficient.
    B. Acts 17:28 reminds us we do not even breath without God’s help.

  6. Suffering helps purify us.
    A. 1 Peter 1:6-7 Suffering can be like purifying gold – in the fire.
    B. James 1:2-5 Maturity is developed through trials.

  7. Suffering makes us sympathetic toward others.
    A. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    B. Walk a mile in their shoes.
    C. Romans 12:15 Weep with those who weep

  8. Suffering teaches us how to pray.
    A. We pray often. Right?
    B. In times of suffering – We pray – Earnestly, Perseveringly, Fervently
    C. We pray with groans that can not be uttered. Romans 8:26



  1. Can you begin to see some real value to suffering?

  2. If you look only from MAN’S viewpoint, you will not understand.

  3. Remember – God’s ways are above ours. Isaiah 55:8-9

  4. When we look at suffering from GOD’S point of view, from the viewpoint of His plans, then we can begin to appreciate why He would allow suffering.

  5. God’s love is never failing. Romans 8:35-39

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