What To Do With Suffering
And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
- Why do people suffer? People have been looking for the answer from the beginning of time
- In the Old Testament suffering was the greatest curse that God could ever send a person. Job-“The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed by the name of the Lord.”
- Nobody wants to suffer and nobody can avoid it. Even Jesus asked God to not let him suffer.
- Why is there suffering in the world? Because sin is in the world. All suffering is caused by sin. Sin and suffering are twins. You never have one without the other. No suffering in heaven.
- Every instance of suffering has its origin in sin. Original sin + personal sin
Because of sin, even creation was forced into a state of decay and instability and to this day it is waiting for the return of Christ, when sin will be vanished, for the curse on it to be lifted.
- Why doesn’t God just stop suffering? Sometimes he does, other times he doesn’t. Ultimately he will.
- We will be resurrected, but not yet. Sin will be conquered, but not yet.
- So God‘s will is that I suffer? Sometimes it is, sometimes it’s not. Study Bible examples of suffering.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
- What do we learn from Jesus about how to suffer? He showed us by his example how to suffer.
- Jesus had times when God stopped the suffering and times God didn’t. About accepting God’s will.
- For the Christian, we also respond by acting against sin. Ammie
- For the Christian there is a response from God, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
- We show our love for God when we suffer with him. UOFF
- Rest of chapters 8 & 9 Samaria, Simon, Ethiopian, Saul
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.