Why is there so much pain, suffering, and sorrow in our world? Moreover, why does God permit so much pain?
In the midst of pain, we are faced with profound questions which
only God can answer. Job shows how desperate we can become. Some contend that we should not, and ought not question God.
This is not the case with our hero Job. He raises significant questions even though his relationship to God is permanent. For instance,
in the book of Job we hear him saying, “though he slay me, yet I
trust in him”.
Each of us who has walked through the valley and the shadow of death has raised questions with God. I don’t care how close we walk and talk with God, the problem of evil confuses us, causing us to cry out, O, if I knew where I could find God.” In theology this problem of evil is known as theodicy.
It is with this confidence in the ultimate goodness of God and
having walked in the midst of unusual pain, suffering and almost death that Job could say with great confidence… “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in
my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine
eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reigns be consumed within me.” Job 19:25-27
We have to walk through our pain predicaments to come to a higher understanding of God and what God is doing through us and with us. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to say that unearned suffering is redemptive. I agree with Dr. King and Job.
Keep praying, keep the faith, and may God Bless you really good.
-Bro. Beecher Hudson