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Should God allow us lives without suffering?
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jun 4, 2001, 20:47

I was thinking back over the years that I have been involved in ministry and only rarely, if ever, have I encountered someone who didn't have suffering (of some type) in his or her life. (At least for brief periods of time)

The Bible clearly teaches that God is sovereign over our lives. If that is true, and it is, there are only three alternatives:

God takes delight in the suffering of His people, God can't help it, or God has a purpose for it.

Again, the Bible clearly teaches that God has a purpose in our suffering.

Paul's "thorn in the flesh" is a good example of how God uses suffering (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Let's think about it from a parents perspective, this might help with the answer.

Would you, if you could, take all suffering and hardship from your child's life?

When I asked that, at first I thought, "Of course I would because I want the best for my child." The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that some of life's most important lessons can only be learned in hardship and suffering.

I suspect that God knew that before I discovered it.

I can't find anywhere in Scripture that we are exempt. I know that there are some preachers and types of theology that teach that we can be always healthy, always pain free, and always trouble free. . the problem with that type of teaching is that it is just not Biblical. Don't think that God has forgotten you as you suffer, He hasn't. But He will grow you through it. . .and in that you can rest

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