One of the most difficult questions to answer in a discipleship relationship concerns the character of God in the face of suffering. The question comes in many different forms…
“If God loves the world, why is there so much suffering all around us?”
“If God is good, why does he let bad things happen to his children?”
And perhaps the most pressing and personal…
“If God loves me, why did he let this happen to me?”
Has someone ever asked you these questions? Have you ever asked these questions?
If you’ve lived long enough, I’d be surprised if you haven’t. I have found that the best kind of person to help us answer these questions is a person who knows two things: God and what it means to suffer. This kind of person has earned the right to be heard.
I found an article over at Desiring God that seems to be written by just such a man. A man who knows God and what it means to suffer. He has 2 young children with severe autism and some very interesting things to say about the goodness of God.
If you’re wrestling with the character of God in the face of suffering, check it out. I think you’ll be encouraged.