Thursday, August 28, 2014

Part 3: Joyfully living life to its fullest in Plan A (because there is no Plan B)

If you have followed Part 1 and Part 2 of this series so far, you know that I am on a path to answering the question: How could a God of love decree so much suffering?  I've first established the premise that God is indeed sovereign and omnipotent and is the one who decrees suffering.  Now I want to answer this question I asked at the end of my last post: Does God care about our suffering?

In chapter 6, Steve Estes, in his and Joni Earickson Tada's book When God Weeps: Why our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty, reminds us of truths of these two passages:
Exodus 3:7-8 - God sees the affliction of His people, He knows their suffering, and He has come down to deliver them.
Judges 10:16 - God became impatient over (could no longer bear) Israel's misery.

God does care about our suffering.  However, if that is the case, why doesn't He deliver us from our suffering as He did for Israel so many times?
Jesus healed so many people's illnesses and afflictions when he was in His earthly ministry, but did you ever think about the many He chose to not heal or deliver?
Paul, a faithful ambassador of the Gospel suffered so much for Christ's sake.  When He asked God to take his "thorn in his flesh" from him, God's answer to him was in essence, "No, but my grace is sufficient!" In our day today, why does he choose to heal one person miraculously of cancer but yet let another die from it?

Why would a loving God choose for some to suffer yet deliver others? Stay tuned for Part 4!

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