This is part of long reflections about suffering from Martin R. De Haan II. I found them something worth sharing, especially during Holy Week. The entire reflection is very lengthy so I decided to break it up based on the section therein.
So why does a loving God allow suffering?
Better Than Answer
We cry out for complete answers. God offers Himself instead. And that’s enough. If we know that we can trust Him, we don’t need full explanations. It’s enough to know that our pain and suffering are not meaningless. It’s enough to know that God still rules the universe and that He really does care about us as individuals.
The greatest evidence of God’s concern for us can be found by looking at Jesus Christ. God loved our suffering world so much that He sent His Son to agonize and die for us, to free us from being sentenced to eternal sorrow (John 3:16-18). Because of Jesus, we can avoid the worst of all pain, the pain of separation from God-forever. And because of Christ, we can endure even the worst of tragedies now because of the strength He puts within us and the hope He sets before us.
The first step in coping realistically with the problem of suffering is to recognize its roots in the universal problem of sin. Have you recognized how much Jesus suffered on the cross for you to free you from the penalty of sin? Put your trust in Him. Receive His free gift of forgiveness. Only in Him will you find a lasting solution to the problem of pain in your life and in the world.
To cap this series off, I’d life to add the drawing I did using cross-hatching. I positioned the drawing so that I could print a passage I wrote (using my old dot-matrix printer). The wording says it all!