Why is There Suffering in the World?
If God is good, why is there suffering in the world? That question can take a long time to answer if we look it from the larger perspective. Entire books have been written to address the question. But let’s look at the question from a micro level and notice how it affects our lives.
Some buildings have a doorman. Their function is to allow access only to people who are authorized to be there. In the same way, God is the doorman of our life. He does not allow anything to come into our lives without His knowledge. When difficult things come into our lives, it is not because they have snuck by God. He was not distracted or sleeping and thus, missed something. One young pastor who was sharing his difficulties with a mentor pastor was asked, “What lesson is the Lord trying to teach you?” The young pastor admitted he had not thought about that.
God is willing and able to handle all the circumstances that enter our lives. He is sovereign and loving. If I face something difficult, there is a reason for it. God allows difficulties into our lives for a good purpose. It could be so we can help others through similar trials. The purpose may be difficult to understand when we are in the midst of a challenging situation, but we need to trust him with our very lives.
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Nelson Malwitz, Founder
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA and attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.