Why is There Suffering in the World?
If God is good, why is there suffering in the world? From the larger perspective, that question can take a long time to answer and entire books have addressed this. Let’s look at the question at a micro level that affects our lives.
Some buildings have 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 get into it without His knowledge. Things that are difficult for you and me have not snuck by God. He wasn’t distracted or sleeping and missed something. One young pastor sharing difficulties with a mentor pastor was asked, “What lesson is the Lord trying to teach you?” The young pastor admitted he hadn’t thought of that.
God is willing and able to handle circumstances that enter my life. He is sovereign and loving. If I face something difficult, it is because there is a reason. God has allowed 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 in the midst of a challenging situation. We need to trust him with our very lives. Consider taking your skills, talents, experience to make an impact for eternity. Register or sign in at MissionNext.
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.