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If God Is Good, Why Is There Suffering (Part 3 of 3)

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If God Is Good, Why Is There Suffering? (Part 3 of 3)

This message concludes our 3-part series If God Is Good, Why Is There Suffering? If you missed Parts 1 and 2, be sure to listen so that you can better understand why God allows us to suffer and to understand the good news that we have to look forward to in our suffering.

  • One of the reasons that God allows suffering is to reveal our spiritual condition. Another reason is that God uses suffering to humble us. Charles Spurgeon once said, “You have two choices: you can either be humble or humbled.”
  • A benefit we receive when we go through hardships and feel God’s comfort is that we become better equipped to comfort others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB) says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
  • Another reason God allows us to suffer is that He uses hardship to draw our attention away from this world and toward the next. The Bible constantly reminds us to look forward to the world to come rather than get sucked into the fleshly desires of this world. God’s reign is eternal, and this world and all that is in it will eventually end. 
    • As Jesus declared in John 18:36, “…“My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 

Learn more reasons about why God allows us to suffer on this podcast.

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