Friday, August 5, 2011

Why Doesn't God Prevent His Children From Suffering? -Part 1

God can prevent His child from suffering. I don’t think anyone would argue that point. The question is, of course, why doesn’t He? Why has not God kept His children from suffering — especially the severe suffering that a great many saints have had to go through?  Lets discuss seven reasons why.

The first reason God’s children suffer is for our own stupidity, our own willfulness, our own selfishness, and our willful ignorance. Many times we try to blame God for this kind of suffering, but it is our fault. For what glory is it if, when ye are buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?  But if, when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (1 Peter 2:20)

Now the word here for “faults” is the Greek word hamartano, which means to miss the mark. It is a picture of a man with a bow and arrow who is shooting at a target. He comes short of that target, which simply means he misses the mark. Many of us today, because of our willfulness we miss the mark in many judgments that we make.  Also there are those who get out of the will of God.

Thru The Bible by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

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