We have all been told to trust God, but do we really trust him? What about when we do not feel like he is there? What about when bad things happen?
This world is fallen, corrupt, and full of evil. How do we trust God knowing that he causes or allows so much suffering?
We all have bad days. We all go through times of trouble. People mistreat us, we are faced with cancer, we are involved in accidents, we get hurt, and sometimes our hurts leave permanent scars. How do we trust God in the midst of all that?
Well, first we need to ask what the Bible has to say about suffering and trusting God.
Proverbs 3:5 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
God’s ways are not our ways. He transcends our human logic and even when we do not understand why things are the way they are, we can trust that God is in control.
Romans 8:28 states,”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
But just because things work out for good, it does not mean that there is no suffering.
1 Peter 4:12-13 reads, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
Here we are told that Christians will suffer for their faith.
Revelation 21:4 reads, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In the end, when God renews all that has been corrupted, there will be no more suffering.
As Christians we trust in God, because God is good. We trust in God because he always does what is best for his creation. We trust in God because he makes our paths straight. We trust in God because he mends things that are broken. We trust in God because he suffered and died for us on the cross. We trust him because he walks with us when we suffer. He knows our pain and he understands what we are going through.
Why does he allow us to go through such suffering and why is there so much evil? In short, I believe that evil is in the world because we chose to sin. With free will comes the ability to do things that do not glorify God. If God had made it so that everyone would love him, no one would be able to choose to love him. Furthermore, if we had no freedom to choose to love God, we must ask what other things we would not have a choice on. Would we be able to choose who to love humanly speaking? Would we be able to choose a vocation? Would we be able to choose our friends? Would we be able to choose what kind of car to drive? When our ability to choose evil is taken away, what other choices must also be taken away? Our fallen world does not keep us from trusting in God, but we must realize that much of the problems in this world our our fault. They are results of our choices, not the result of God lacking goodness in his character.