WHY WOULD A LOVING GOD ALLOW SUFFERINGS?

Is there really any sense in trials and tribulations sincere believers experience in life? Wouldn’t a loving God insulate His children from death, disease, fear, worry, and financial woes? Well, the Bible tells us that God tests or tries His people not to destroy but with a view toward approval. He tries His people in the sense that He brings us into a place whereby we recognize and act on our stated priorities. God presented Abraham with a series of situations in order to focus his love and trust in God and God alone (cf. Gen. 12-22). These tests were not so much for God’s sake, but for Abraham’s sake and his understanding of the God who called him out of Ur of the Chaldees. Abraham was asked to give up family, home, friends, inheritance, tradition and even the future to follow God by faith. God tests all of His children in the area of their priority (cf. Matt. 4; Heb. 5:8; 12:5-13). God’s ultimate purpose for testing His people is for us to be conformed to the image of His Son (cf. Rom. 8:29 i.e. Christlikeness or sanctification). The way trials accomplish this is explained in 1 Pet. 1:6-7 where our faith is tested as gold is purified through fire. God uses life’s trials and tribulations to mold and shape us for His purpose and our ultimate good. With these trials, come not only purpose but rewards; where the crown of life is reserved for those who persevere under trials (cf. James 1:2-4, 12). Believers should never shun trials and tribulations because God promised us victory over the evil one, and He will never test us beyond our ability to bear it, and “He will also provide a way out so that we can stand up under it” (1 Cor. 10:13). Trials are opportunities for us to demonstrate our spoken allegiance and faith in Christ.