Where is God when we suffer?
On Sunday we will tackle the urban legend “God sits silent while we suffer.”
It often seems that as Christians we want to let God off the hook when it comes to suffering. The Bible clearly teaches that God is all-powerful (omnipotent), and that God if fully and totally good. But if God is totally good and God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He do something to stop rampant human suffering? If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, watch the news tonight and then get back to me. Our world is shattered into tiny pieces of suffering, pain, death, and hopelessness, and all while an all-powerful and totally good God seemingly sits silent.
What do you think? Where is God when we suffer?
I’ve heard many Christians work hard to take God off the hook when it comes to human suffering. We either downplay his power by saying “He’s right there weeping with us!” as if He can’t stop the pain; or we downplay his goodness by saying, “He’s causing all of this because He hates evil people!” We know the Bible says He is merciful, compassionate, just, holy, and righteous. We know that the Bible says “God is love,” as well as “He will not let the guilty go unpunished.”
So where is God when it comes to human suffering? Is He the cause? Is He helpless? Is He hiding out somewhere waiting for a certain moment to end it all?
We’ll find out Sunday as we look at “A Mother’s Son” from Luke 7:11-23.