If God is love, Why is There Suffering?

“From this you can know that Adonai your God is indeed God, the faithful God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot, to a thousand generations.” 

Devarim/Deuteronomy 7:9

There are two questions, here: Is God love? and Does God’s love remove suffering from us? First, we have plenty of examples from Scripture to prove to us God is love. For example, in Romans 5,8 we read, But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf while we were still sinners. Here we read that even when we were sinners, Adonai loved us and He still loves us, even if we do not accept Him into our lives.

The second question is a little more difficult. Will God remove our suffering from us? Suffering is never permanent; eventually, the suffering will end, and we will be with Him, face-to-face. However, will He remove the suffering being experienced now? Perhaps He will; that means He believes we have reached the end of our learning through the experience. If we have not reached that end, then our suffering will continue. Although difficult, I suggest we rejoice in what we are experiencing, as this is furthering our growth.

Abba B’Shamayim, heavenly Father, strengthen our faith so that we never doubt your Love. Yeshua, You who have known suffering, take care of us; be at our side and help us to stand firm. You promised us that You would be our companion all the days of our lives – that You would never leave us. Blessed are 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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