There are three questions we are always asking about suffering.
Even when we don’t realize we are asking them, we are indeed asking them.
Why am I suffering?
Where is God as I suffer?
What am I to do about my suffering?
We’ll look at the first question today and the other two tomorrow.
Why am I suffering? I used to tell people not to spend much time asking this question. I have since changed my mind. I do think we should ask why we suffer, we just need to ask with some better perspective.
For example, Galatians 5:7-10 explains why there is a great deal of suffering. It is the life principle of sowing and reaping. It is the principle of consequences, of benefits and losses.
You know how this works. If you want to gain weight, you eat more food. If you want to lose weight, you eat less food. If you want to gain physical health, you exercise, do cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening exercises, pay attention to nutrition, and work on stretching exercises for better flexibility.
If you don’t want to be a proper weight, if you don’t want cardiovascular health, if you don’t need physical fitness, then …