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If God is ALL POWERFUL, then why does he ALLOW suffering?

I believe it’s safe amongst this group to assume that we all have experienced life’s speed bumps in the road of life at one time or another. I mean if we are to be totally honest and offer full disclosure I’m sure we have questioned GOD motives, doubted his promised delivery and even pondered if this Christian race is even worth its salt. Whether your contemplation was initiated because of sickness, death, financial instability or vocational uncertainty GOD had already predetermined to make your TRIALS his testimony. Tonight we will examine the definition(s) for POWERFUL -vs- SUFFERING, the intended purpose for our suffering and why we shouldn’t ask why when we already know who. I ask that you sit back relax as we explore #WHYDOESITHURTSOBAD???? According to Merriam Webster’s Definition of POWERFUL: having great power, prestige, or influence. To further expound on this word, the word POWERFUL biblically means OMNIPOTENT simply meaning ALL POWRFUL. (Revelation 19:6) (Omni LATIN for ALL, Potent LATIN for POWER) Merriam Webster describes the word Suffering as: the state or experience of one that suffers or is in pain. In fact, the word Suffer is used over 100 times in the NEW TESTEMENT. Suffered is used 50 times, SUFFER is used 96 times, SUFFERING is used 6 times and LONGSUFFERING is used 17 times. As we have been taught throughout bible class, when a writer uses a word repetitiously they are placing emphasis on the importance of that topic. The bible gives us clear guidelines and purpose on why we must suffer. (Melton, James, 1994)

As children we grew accustomed to the infamous phrases, “This is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you.” “I brought you in this world and I’ll take you out.” And my all time favorite, “What are you crying for, “You better stop that fuss before I really give you something to cry for.” It wasn’t until I became a parent that I fully understood my parent’s intent for getting my

TOTAL and UNDIVIDED attention. As I prepared this lesson, I was able to fully understand God’s purpose for disciplining us. His mission is not to destroy us but discipline us so that others can see his reflection in our life’s various interactions. As a child, when we got out of line our parents disciplined us wherever we were because they said our actions were a reflection to our families names. In Hine site, God does us the same way. His grace and mercy is sufficient but he’s “daddy” and when he gets tired there’s no room for discussion, apology or excuses. He will break us and use our pain for his purpose in order to receive glorification. Just as he used the LEAPERS pain in Matthew 8:2 for the people’s pleasure, God received the GLORY. Just as he broke Namon in II Kings Chapter 5, Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:30-37, Lazarus in John 11:2-4 or the blind man in Luke 18:35. The bibles is saturated with numerous examples and parables but remember God is patient and Long suffering but, he will do what he must to gain our full cooperation and get our attention. (Melton, www.Biblebelievers.com, 1994) As you grow and move towards the mark of spiritual maturity be mindful to NEVER ask the question why, when you know who. To study and understand the process of suffering simply reveals that we are meeting the mark in glorifying and honoring God. II Timothy 3: 12 reads: In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Also in II Timothy 2:12 it says, if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us. In order to wear the title as Christian, it is our sole responsibility to live a life that replicates the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To understand this role, you must be willing to suffer, be persecuted, abandoned, mocked, threatened and possibly beaten and/or killed. Jesus suffered and died an agonizing and embarrassing death. If you consider yourself a TRUE BORN CHRISTIAN, you must be willing to count it an honor to suffer him. Acts 5:41 reads, the apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Jesus promises us if we suffer with him here on earth, GREAT is our reward in Heaven. (MATTHEW 5:12) I Peter 2:19-21 19 for it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, which you should follow in his steps.

Brother/ Sister, I know you may be going through a difficult time EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY, FINANCIALLY and SOCIALLY but HOLD ON!! I Corinthians 3:11-15 clearly sets the stage but provides a shelter for the time of your present storm: For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. (Melton, James, 1994), (www. Bible Gateway.com)