Why God Allows Suffering?

Have you ever questioned God’s existence and capabilities?

In times of crisis, where we have nothing left but to hold on to faith, we tend to be very impatient. We fervently pray in the first few moments and ask God to deliver us from our agony. However, when God seems silent and our prayers go unanswered, we tend to take matters into our own hands and dare to question God’s existence.

Remember that quote people always throw around, “God does not give us more than what we can handle.” from 1 Corinthians 10:13? Well, I believe there are times where He allows more. Hurt after hurt. Pain after pain. Disappointment after disappointment. Tragedy after tragedy. We have witnessed people that have dealt pain far more than they can handle. In fact, this is biblical as well.

In 2 Corinthians 1: 8-9, Apostle Paul wrote:

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

The thing is, God does not want nor does He expects us to handle this on our own. He wants us to surrender ourselves and hand it over to Him instead of relying more on our own strength. To save us from a life where we are self-reliant. As human beings, we must acknowledge the truth of our insufficiency.

When we hit the place in our lives where we finally realize that some things are truly more than what we can handle, may we all remember to submit ourselves before God. In this, we’ll find comfort that He has been using all the broken pieces for our own good even if we are not able to fully comprehend the logic behind it. Let’s enjoy the journey through which we can gain a little more strength for what God sees we’ll need once we reach the top.

by Cheryl Hawkins

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