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  • Manoj Pillai

IF GOD EXISTS, WHY IS THERE SUFFERING ?

One day, I read a little story like this: Two brothers went to look for happy life together. On their way, they met a witch and an angel. The witch said to them that they would get whatever they wanted and live a rich life if they followed her. The angel said that their will would get tempered and then they would have faith and perseverance in face of difficulties and become the strong ones in life if they followed her. The elder one was fond of comfort, so he chose to follow the witch, while the younger one followed the angel. Surprisingly, the elder one, who had had a comfortable life and enjoyed the wealth and luxury, died of deep depression of fearing death. But the younger one took the advice of the angel and joined the army to defend his country. Afterward, although the environment was perilous, he relied on God and performed well in repeated battles, in the end, he received the title of “war hero” as well as support and respect of the people. The thing to understand here is, Comfortable life is not necessarily a good thing and environment of suffering is more beneficial for us. When trials and sufferings comes in our life, we usually starts to murmur saying “ IF GOD EXISTS, WHY IS THERE SUFFERING ? I would like to bring into your attention the life of Moses mentioned in Bible; when Moses was a prince of Egypt; he lived a comfortable life and did not experience any suffering. Naturally, he was full of hot blood and always depended on his naturalness to do things, incapable of shouldering the heavy burden of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. In the midst of forty years of tribulations in the wildness, his temper was ground away, and he no longer relied on his temperament, good intentions and enthusiasm to do things. But his faith in God increased and only then was he capable of assuming the heavy burden of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The life story of another Bible character Job is also noteworthy. When he underwent painful trial and lost his priceless family possessions and all his children, not only did he not complain to God, but his true faith and obedience toward God increased after the trial. And then he was called righteous by God and ultimately God appeared to him and bestowed double blessings on him. It was through experiencing different kinds of environments in suffering and tribulation that they bore those fruits and testimonies.Although we will suffer physically, suffering can change our corrupt disposition, temper our will and improve our faith, so that we can become stronger and braver, not easily influenced or restrained by all sorts of people, matters and things but capable of facing life calmly and doing great things. Therefore, when we encounter difficult circumstances, we should not be afraid of or avoid them, but come before the Creator to seek, and surely He will lead us to cross the barrier and gain more. Only in suffering can lessons be learned, which means being able to gain truth, and understand God’s intention. In fact, many truths are understood within experience of painful trials. Nobody says that God’s intention is known, that His almightiness and wisdom are understood, and that God’s righteous disposition is appreciated in an environment of ease or in favorable circumstances. That would be impossible ! Do not revel in licentiousness because of comfortable life or complain because of sufferings. God has a plan for everything in our life. He makes us go through miserable situations so that we can learn to rely on God and be blessed by Him. Remember what Paul has said “His grace is enough” in every suffering and worse situation of our life. And it is His grace that enables us to face life calmly and obey His commandments in midst of whatsoever trials and sufferings of our life.

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