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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

by Matt Hellstrom

Why does God allow suffering? This is the age-old question of Christians and non-Christians alike, and it’s unlikely to be answered to anyone’s satisfaction this side of heaven. Even though I’m just an ordinary guy, I’d like to take a stab at it.

I believe I’m like most people. I want to be comfortable, happy and safe. I want to have enough money to pay my bills, to help my kids with college, and to go on a vacation once in a while. I want to be healthy. What’s wrong with that? Why wouldn’t God want the same things for me? Well, I believe it’s because He want much, much more for me!

Dr. Larry Crabb is a best-selling author, counselor and psychologist. He’s written many popular books including “Inside Out”, “Finding God”, and “The Marriage Builder”. I’ve read some of his books and liked them, though the ones I read were really deep and kind of hard to digest.

I read a book by Larry Crabb recently that was quite different from the other’s that I’ve read by him before. This book was called “Shattered Dreams – God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy”, and I think it was different because it was something that Dr. Crabb had personally experienced and very intimately touched him. The book was much easier to follow, in my opinion, than the others I had read by him.

In “Shattered Dreams”, Dr. Crabb explains that happiness and joy are not the same thing, and although most of us want happiness, God actually knows that this isn’t the best for us. We believe that it’s important to have plenty of money, good health, a nice car or house, a happy family, and so forth.

The Bible says that God wants to give good things to his children, even more than we want to give good things to our children. So God obviously wants us to be happy, right? That could be true, and while He does want those things for us, if they get in the way of having relationship with Him then He’ll take the relationship every time. That’s where we will find true joy.

You see, when we achieve that point of supposed happiness, where we have the earthly things that we desire, sometimes we become content with that and don’t seek God anymore. Or we might become so involved in hanging onto that happiness that it consumes all of our time, and keeps us from relationship with God. Therefore, God is willing to allow to experience some suffering to build that relationship. How we react to this pain is what determines whether we’ll have joy or not. Most of us will do whatever is necessary to minimize the pain.

Dr. Crabb writes in “Shattered Dreams” that we need to feel that pain, which might include mourning and grieving, to encounter God. It’s only in the middle of these tribulations, and when we get through them, that we are able to find the true joy that we seek in our heart and that God wants us to have. While it’s not any fun to go through this pain, Larry asserts that this is the only way we will experience true joy. This, I believe, is the reason that God allows suffering and why bad things happen to good people.

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