Why Do We Suffer?
Job 1:1 KJV
"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil."
In the opening of the book of Job, a scene is described in heaven where Job is accused of serving God because God protects him. Satan is seeking God’s consent to test Job and is given permission to try him in his faith, within certain boundaries. The question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” was asked after Job lost all of his wealth, his family, and his health. The three, so-called friends of Job, came to “comfort” him but, instead, began to criticize him about his adversity. They repeatedly said that the suffering in his life was punishment for sin.
Nothing can be done to us by Satan unless God has given permission for him to do so. God has power over Satan and we will never truly understand the “whys” of pain and suffering brought on by him. We must also realize that not all suffering is because of sin, or the way one lives, but because God wants to test, teach, or purify our lives through some kind of adversity. Scripture teaches us that God’s grace is enough and will sustain us with strength in our weakness through any trial (2 Corinthians 12:9). He desires to produce in us and deserves from us our love, praise, and thanksgiving in every trying circumstance (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Job makes one realize that there are situations going on in our lives that we usually know nothing about. God will allow things to capture our attention, but we commonly respond by questioning God’s goodness without seeing the full picture. Job reminds us to trust God under all circumstances especially when we do not understand what’s happening. “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). Because God’s ways are “perfect,” we can trust whatever He does—and whatever He allows—to also be perfect.
Lord, may I rely on Your grace and trust You through each trial.