It seems that the number of people has increased who ask me the question; ‘why am I going through all this trouble?’ For some, things were going well for them until recently and then it is one problem after another. Can we find an explanation for this?
The first principle of suffering to remember is that it is part of our fallen condition. Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned through disobedience, God placed on them the effect of sin; “for in the day that you eat of it [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] you shall die” (Genesis 2:17).
In addition to death, God placed on women a unique suffering; “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children” (3:16). To men God said, “cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (3:17).
Job understood this principle when he said, “man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (5:7). When Satan afflicted Job, his wife told him to “curse God and die” (2:9), to which Job replied, “shall we receive good from God and…not receive evil?” (2:10).
To understand suffering we must see its origin for a proper perspective. We will look more at the subject of suffering tomorrow.
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