Additional Scripture Readings: Isaiah 55:8–11; Hebrews 4:14–16
Why does a three-year-old die of leukemia? Why is a cautious, middle-aged man hit by a drunk driver and killed? Why do we suffer?
Sometimes God allows suffering so that we will be alert to our need for him. On some occasions, God disciplines through suffering. And in still other moments, suffering serves as a school in which God teaches us lessons about himself and our relationship with him—lessons that could be learned in no other way.
And then there are times when we suffer for no apparent reason. After hours of tear-stained prayers, weeks of empty Bible reading and endless sessions with learned individuals, we may still not know why suffering has been dumped in our laps.
God may not always give us answers to our “Why?” questions regarding suffering. But he will always give us himself.