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10 Reasons Why God Allows Suffering

Why does God allow suffering?

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While there’s way more than 10, here’s some reasons why God allows suffering:

1. To make you more like Jesus (Romans 8:17).

2. To make you more dependent on him (2 Corinthians 1:9).

3. To remove idols in your life (1 John 5:21).

4. So that you can learn to comfort others who are also suffering (2 Corinthians 1:4).

5. To remind you that heaven is your home (John 15:19).

6. To help guard you from becoming conceited (2 Corinthians 12:7).

7. To give you a deeper impact for the lost because nothing grabs the attention of an unbeliever like a Christian devoted to Christ in the midst of deep pain (Philippians 1:13).

8. To encourage other Christians (Philippians 1:14).

9. To make you long more for heaven (Philippians 1:23).

10. To strengthen your faith (James 1:2-4).

Ultimately, you and I won’t know the full reason for our suffering until we get to heaven. At that moment, Jesus will wipe away every tear, and death will be no more. The current suffering that you experience will not be worth comparing to the glory that you’ll know in heaven. But, for now, you should expect to suffer. As John Piper once said, “We cannot look at the cross and see Jesus there and think we’ll be spared.”

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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children. Learn more.

24 Replies

  1. Wow, very encouraging. And especially that thought that suffering has been GRANTED to us as a blessing … that’s going to keep me thinking for some time still!

  2. I had some pretty horrific events in my early life. It took until now for mer to see that God used those events to toughen me for other challenges over the following 20 years. Now I get to let go of those behaviors because they don’t serve me any more.

  3. Thanks for commenting. I am glad you all were encouraged.

    Christina, thanks for sharing. Praise God that he has redeemed that part of your life.

  4. It’s all true. I’ve gone through a lot in life that I would say God has never left me suffer without His saving grace at the end. Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to read more of your wonderful thoughts on Christianity! 😀

  5. “Raton!” “Raton!” “Raton!” (right on!)

    I’ve often mentioned that the miracles we seek are not what God has already provided. The miracle is not to be sought which will change the circumstances we now face. The miracle is that He has loved us enough to let us join Him in suffering for the name of the Father! And the miracle is, that we suffer so among those who hate Him with a vengence. Wow! What an honorable gift for those who allow God to be God!


    By His Grace.

  6. thanks for the encouragement! i’ve had ‘suffering’ on my mind a lot recently and agree with everything you said. i also believe our response to suffering is part of the unseen spiritual battle between god and satan… we can’t forget that satan is out to get us! i might have explained it better here: https://highfiverson.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/job-thoughts-on-suffering/

    love your blog – thanks for sharing your thoughts and encouragement!

  7. Thank you for the list of 10 with Scripture citation. I also appreciate that you acknowledge that we can’t ever fully understand our human suffering. I know I become most frustrated with those that want to simplify it and say it is happening for such and such a reason, when really we just don’t (at least fully) know.

    I too have had suffering. Mine has primarily been in the form of loss and grief, and I find it hurtful when it is simplified or platitudes are offerred. Thank you for going farther than that.

  8. Heyyy I love it and all of the comments!! We need to encourage each other more & more! Thanks for your visit I will return soon.
    Love you brother 😀

  9. I once heard that if we endure no suffering, we should question our position with Christ. I believe that is true because all the reasons you gave are right. I am encouraged to find bloggers who love the Lord and are not afraid to write the truth! 🙂

  10. Keep up the Saintly Service, the world never offers rewards better than our awesome Jesus.

  11. This would make a good pamphlet. God bless!

  12. This is a very strong encouragement for suffering. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Reasons

    1. You’re making money from such a belief .

    2 You’re making money from such a belief .

    3 You’re making money from such a belief .

    4 You’re making money from such a belief .

    5 – 10 You’re making money off such a belief .

  14. Great post. Suffering is integral to our Christian life, nay, our life as a human!

  15. As a christian who has suffered much like JOB I appreciate your thoughts on this. The journey is long and GOD is good regardless..amen