Why suffering does not mean there is no God

This was originally a Facebook post that I felt God was asking me to write after a boy I went to school with passed away much too young. I was reading about numerous other heartbreaking situations going on in my hometown at the same time.

A few weeks later, (after the post) another boy from the same class passed away.

This world really is tragic, but there’s hope. Read on.

The world is a terrible, sad place. Bad things happen to good people. We lose people, there’s illness, there’s hunger, children suffer, there’s war, and so much more. It’s hard to live here. And I don’t know if anyone can understand why if they don’t have Jesus in their heart, but there is purpose in suffering.
You don’t need to lose faith when terrible things happen. God is waiting for you to turn to Him in your suffering…

Think about all the bad choices humans have made. Think about how much sin there is. We have continually turned away from God throughout history. Adam and Eve allowed sin to enter the world, and with that, came suffering. But if any of us had been in that garden, we would’ve made the same choice. We are ALL sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Because there is sin in the world, bad things happen. It is because of the world as a whole and our rejection of God. God cares about you and doesn’t want you to hurt. If you are suffering, you may have done nothing to cause your situation. But, unfortunately, you live in this fallen world and will go through hard times. Try to remember what this world really deserves (Hell) and how much evil and suffering God holds back from the world so that we don’t live in Hell (although it may feel like Hell sometimes). Some things seem unbearable, but remember that we deserve to be hanging on the cross, tortured to death. Then sent to Hell. But Jesus took your place on the cross! So that you can have eternal life spent with Him in Heaven instead! But only if you choose to follow him through this life and give Him control (which is actually the most freeing thing possible!!)
That being said, God does ALLOW some bad things to happen. For a purpose. Suffering turns us toward God because He is our one and ONLY hope of getting out of this terribly hard life alive. If there were no times that you needed Him, what would give you the desire to seek Him? We learn from hard times. We become stronger and are reminded of what the source of our hope is.
And sometimes we need to suffer to turn others toward Him. If you’re a Christian, people watch your responses to bad things happening and that can turn a person toward or away from God. Our world tells us to think about ourselves. We live in an individualistic society. We need to remember that God cares about us individually, but that He has an ultimate plan. He is furthering His kingdom. If you are a Christian and experience a hard time, remember that there is a purpose for that hard time. His plan is bigger than just you. And He will hold you in your suffering as He is working in other’s hearts. Remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 39.
There is hope in suffering, even though it can seem unbearable and unfair and we are overwhelmed with grief. Suffering will end and God endures forever.
Romans 5:3-4

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

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