Image from the book, 'Birthing the Miraculous' by Heidi Baker, 2014
One of the most common questions that people will ask concerning God's existence is the fact that evil and suffering, disease and war exist in the world. You may ask, why would God allow this? Why is there evil and suffering in the world?
God did not create a world with suffering. We read in Genesis 1:31, that 'God saw all that he had made, and it was very good'. In the beginning, everything was perfect, there was no evil or suffering, it was 'very good.'
entered the world when humans misused their gift of free will and disobeyed God. God gave us free will, He did not create us as robots.
The whole of creation has been affected because of the sin that entered the world. This
is why there are earthquakes and other natural disasters. 'We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time' - Romans 8:22
3. We cannot blame God for the evil that humans choose to do with
their gift of free will.
4. God can use suffering to do good. When going through pain and trials, it should not be a time to run away from God. In fact, it should cause us to run to Him and can help us to learn to lean on God more and more
and trust fully in Him. When people go through suffering, often what the enemy meant for harm, God can use for good. It might end up bringing them to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, suffering can help us realise our need for God.
5. The testing of our faith produces perseverance, it can make us much stronger than we were before. 'Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.' - James 1:2-4
6. God has promised
to never leave us or forsake us. Although there will be trouble while on this earth, God promises to guide us and save us, all we have to do is trust in Him. When Jesus was praying to the Father He said, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world
but that you protect them from the evil one."
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
There will come a day when the Lord Jesus will return and cleanse this world of all sin and all suffering.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" - Revelation 21:4