The problem of suffering

Are you wrestling with the mysteries of suffering, pain and God’s sovereignty?

Joni Eareckson Tada bookJoni Eareckson Tada‘s new book, “A Place of Healing“, unpacks her thoughts on a topic very close to her heart. Facing breast cancer and chronic pain, Joni talks about the blessings of suffering.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Christianity Today.

Q: You have hinted at a classic question: How can a good God allow such suffering in the world? How does your latest book, on God’s sovereignty, address that?

When people ask that question—even I struggle with that question—we aren’t accepting the fact that this earth is wired to be difficult. The rule of thumb is that we experience much suffering because we live in a fallen world, and it is groaning under the weight of a heavy curse. If God being good means he has to get rid of sin, it means he would have to get rid of sinners. God is a God of great generosity and great mercy, so he is keeping the execution of suffering. He’s not closing the curtain on suffering until there is more time to gather more people into the fold of Christ’s fellowship.

That answer suits me, and I think it would suit others if they stop and think: Suffering is connected to sin; if God were to get rid of suffering, he’d have to get rid of sin, and then he’d have to get rid of sinners—and God is too merciful to do that.

One Response to “The problem of suffering”

  1. Catherine Nichols Says:

    Nice interpretation and understanding of suffering and evil in the world. It is not God’s fault – or intent- that we should suffer. Suffering is a manifestation of our sin and fallen nature. Not incited by God, but suppressed by Him. In his mercy, He has restrained evil so that we are not entirely consumed by it, but can see Him in and through it! Because of our sinfulness, evil justifiably should consume the world and us. But because of His great love, mercy, and grace, we are not consumed, and can live another day in the hope of His glory!

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