Why God Allows Good People to Suffer

A christian crying

Christians are not called by God to suffer. God has given his children the power to live a victorious life through prayer and the word. But he sometimes permits difficulties in the life of a believer for some reasons.

One of the reasons God permits difficulties in the life of a believer is for their patience and endurance. Patience is a virtue God wants for his children. Trials and difficulties work patience in the life of a Christian.

James 1:2-4, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

God also wants to be glorified through the temporal sufferings of his people when they overcome in style to the wonder of the spectators.

God permits certain things that he might be glorified (2 Corinthians 4:17). For example, Lazarus died and Christ said it was allowed that God will be glorified (John 11:4).

Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Suffering destroys the wicked but strengthens the righteous. The afflictions of the righteous may be many, but God delivers them (Psalm 34:19). But when the wicked fall into mischief, no one to deliver them, they perish!

Believers should not be shaken by difficult times. It's only temporary. It's for a little while. God restores everything to perfection after the brief moment (1 Peter 5:10).

God wants steadfastness under trial. Through trials and temptation, he gives his people the crown of life to live in happiness and peace (James 1:12).

A trial for a believer is not a punishment for sin, but a test of character. God knows the limit they can bear and does not go beyond it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Let's all be patient in tribulation and it shouldn't separate us from God but unite us better with him (Romans 8:38-39).
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