WHY SUFFERING, Part 1, Intro

suffering intro

Dear Friends, I am going to be writing a series of posts regarding “suffering.”  The Bible tells many reasons why people suffer, but we do not like the answers it gives so we often play dumb, which is a form of denial. We shield ourselves in the assurance that a loving God would not allow good people to suffer.  But a loving God does allow it.  Beyond that, we question why evil people get away with such an easy lot in life.  God does allow that also.  

Of course the big answer is that suffering is caused by sin that was brought about by Adam’s fall.  And some of us can handle that as an answer,  sort of like “it rains on the just and the unjust” equally.  But that is not a very satisfactory, especially when we consider stories like Job in which it is obvious that God allowed Job’s suffering because he was a righteous man.  That’s rough!

It is my belief/thesis/argument that God does not allow suffering without a purpose.  We can often find the purpose if we really want to know.  Sometimes finding and accepting the purpose can shorten the time of suffering. 

I am humbled that I appear to presume that I can answer that question which has been debated by scholars through the ages.  I want to turn and look away.  It is scary to me.  But then I am faced with my belief that God has appointed me for some things on this blog that are his doings and it is my obligation to do as I believe he tells me.   Let it be so, Lord Jesus.  I believe the Lord will use it to benefit somebody out there.  


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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11 Responses to WHY SUFFERING, Part 1, Intro

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    I’m with you. There are always lessons woven into our suffering.

  2. Homer Les says:

    We are no theologians either but we have gone through suffering and I agree that God does not allow suffering without purpose. He does not step on our free will like satan does but He can, and does, take our suffering and work it into something beautiful. Some suffering, meant to harm and destroy, us can be turned into something redemptive if we bring the wounds to Him to heal. Other suffering, as what we went through, He allows to teach us how to depend on Him for everything. That is the faith building suffering of the wilderness.

    We are by no means experts but we can say from what we have endured that there is a great blessing when we endure the same suffering Christ endured. When we put down our ‘self’ nature and have the Father form the image of His Son in us there is great blessing indeed.

    Homer Les

  3. It is a hard lesson— but are not the best lessons the most difficult when learning??

  4. Faye says:

    The Bible is full of illustrations of ‘suffering’. In this fallen world which is NOT our final home we can expect that ‘suffering’ will be a part of the life journey. It is indeed a hard lesson but necessary mainly for all who want to BE IN CONTROL of their lives. Surrender to the Potter’s Wheel does not come easily. I have personally said ‘this is not fair’. on many occasions. I believe that the one world SURRENDER is and has been the key to an ongoing life. dying to self. Surrendering to the ‘Higher’ ONE. Blessings and thank you for your blog.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, I am considering the “surrender” aspect as a purpose for suffering just as you say. Haven’t quite figured a way to present it without being very politically incorrect! How do I show that surrendering to the Lord is not a negative matter. I makes me think of the bond servant in the OT who chose to stay with his master. That is the way to really be free. How can you help sinners know that truth?

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