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Suffering: Part of God's Plan?

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Burning Deep Within. Why did God allow this to happen? Why is suffering in His plan for me or anyone for that matter? I cannot make sense of all of this.The question that all of us wrestle with at some point in our lives. Maybe you have never received an answer to this question and you are wondering why God did not intervene. Where was He? And, you might even be questioning whether God really loves you. And, if He loves you, certainly He would not want you to go through this pain. You are correct.

Good News. It was never God's intent that we endure suffering. Suffering commenced in Genesis 3 with the entry of sin in this world. Suffering was voluntarily entered into by the human race. The Good News is that God sent His Son Jesus, in the midst of our 'suffering' to deliver us from the sin that we chose. He sent His Son to die; He chose to enter into our suffering in order that we might have hope.


John 3:16
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What now? Because God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again we have the hope of eternal life if we put our faith and trust in Him. Because God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again the third day for you and for me, we can have a personal relationship with Him and experience the peace He can bring to us in the midst of our suffering. He entered our suffering to save us from the consequences of our own sin. 

We do not have to live this life apart from the God of the universe who desperately loves us and desires a relationship with us.

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