The short answer is………………………………………. because sin is in the world.
Pain, diseases, suffering, natural disasters, assaults, death etc……..The first question that most people ask is “WHY?” Why is there so much pain? Why is our world in chaos?
God gave Adam dominion over the world (Gen. 1:28). When he rebelled against God, he set in motion an entire series of events and changed the very nature of man and creation. Both were affected by sin. Creation was no longer a paradise, but bore thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-18;Rom. 8:22). People became sinful (Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:3), who were haters of God (Rom. 3:9-12), etc. The world is not the way that God created it.More often, why doesn’t God simply end the pain? We know that we will experience and encounter pain over and over again.
No one escapes the struggles of life. Our goodness or our faith do not make us immune from suffering. Yes! God allows “bad” things to happen! How could there be a God who allows so much evil to take place?
The pressures of work, family, friends, schedules, deadlines, wants, needs, and fears all flood our minds and crowd out God. We then become distracted and more likely to fall into sin.
We are free people, not puppets on a string. God has given us free will. God has given us the power to choose. We have the choice to be with Him or without Him. Yet when things go wrong we blame God. We cannot have it both ways. Life isn’t easy, but God promised us that it will be worth it. Suffering is the result of human sin, all are vulnerable to the effects of sin in the world. But there will come a day when the Lord will return and cleanse this world of all sin and all suffering.
God is everywhere. Sometimes tragedy and/or pain can be the catalysts that allow us to turn off the noise of everyday life and focus on God.
God loves us and grieves with us in our pain when “bad things” happen, God’s role is to be by our side, to understand us, to comfort us, to “lead us beside still waters… and restore our souls” (from Psalm 23) in the metaphorical “Valley of Death” which we face everyday, God’s role is to help us heal on a daily basis- help us collect the pieces broken by experience- help us become whole again, whole as we were intended and created by our loving God. God never promised that life would be without its painful moments.
God’s presence may not be packaged in the way we expect.
God has given us His Son Jesus Christ to help us fight the evil in the world. Jesus is only a prayer away. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How powerful is that? But it’s when we think we are above prayer, when we think we control our own destiny that we suffer the most.
The word of hope is that our future is in the hands of God. Love, courage and hope sum up the resources we have to face our personal tragedies and pain. Was it in a stranger’s smile, a new flower, an e-mail message, scripture, and words in a hymn? Could it be possible that I have helped others know God’s presence today?What might I or could I have done to help God’s presence be felt by others? Could I have done more?
God through His grace wants to draw us closer to Him. When we’ve allowed ourselves to be open to God, we see God all around us, in other people, in acts of kindness, in the faith of another fellow Christian, in our children, and in family members and friends We can feel His presence in our stillness, in nature, in meditation, in scripture, and especially in prayer.
Most of all we find the face of God in the tears, the hugs, and the words of comfort others bring to us in times of great sorrow and pain.
Inspired by Bishop Barron-Word on Fire, explorefaith.org, Nicky Gumbel, Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsay