Is Suffering a Result of Sin?

As Yeshua passed along, he saw a man blind from birth. His talmidim asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned — this man or his parents — to cause him to be born blind?” Yeshua answered, “His blindness is due neither to his sin nor to that of his parents; it happened so that God’s power might be seen at work in him. 

Yochanan/John 9:1-3

Is suffering a result of our personal sins? This is a very difficult question to answer. Certainly, there are consequences for sin and, sometimes, those consequences lead to others’ suffering. For example, when someone is negligent in their work-related activities and something is not completed properly, others may suffer, even if the negligent one does not suffer. A much better writer than I am has shared with us: “People sometimes suffer because of their sinful choices, but not always. Sometimes people suffer for non-moral reasons, and sometimes people sin and don’t suffer. Sin is neither necessary nor sufficient for why someone is in pain.[1]” Remember, though, Adonai loves each one of us, in an exceptional way. He is there with you, as you travel through your suffering.

Abba B’Shamayim, Heavenly Father, I am ready to receive Your unconditional and healing love. Give me rest and peace. Give me the strength to surrender myself completely into Your hands – You, who know all about me. Help me to remain faithful to You. Protect me from anything that draws me away from You.  B’Shem Adonai Yeshua, Mashichainu, our Messiah, Amen.


By heartformessiah

Dr. Michael Wodlinger is a Messianic Jew, living in Quebec, Canada. He has been a university professor and a rabbi of a Messianic Fellowship.

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