If there’s anything certain in life, it’s the fact that we will suffer.
Regardless of who we are and what we do, trials and difficulties will plague us in one form or another. For some, it could be the constant struggle of never being able to get what we want. For others, it could be the lifelong pain of a debilitating illness. Or perhaps the permanent anguish caused by the loss of someone or something dear to us.
No one is immune to suffering. And as Christians, the bible tells us to expect suffering. So since it’s meant to be a core aspect of our life, it’s important that we talk about it. (After all, the bible talks plenty about it!)
We trust you’d benefit from these three pieces about suffering. Perhaps one or two will strike a chord with what you’re going through.
When I started exploring Christianity, I had so many questions, including the problem of evil and suffering. I read quite a few books on Christian apologetics that attempted to address this question and grappled with the issue for a long time—and I still have questions.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where nothing made sense? When there was no answer to the question “Why?” or when there was just nothing you or anyone could do to make it better? I found myself in such a situation recently.
As human beings, we’re wired to avoid pain. We brace ourselves when we fall, we know not to put weight on a swollen ankle, and we find ways to relieve emotional hurts in the same way we naturally avoid physical ones.
Pain serves an important purpose of telling us that something is wrong, but trying to block out the hurt by avoiding the problem only makes things worse. Growing up in a troubled home, I too became a master at sweeping painful issues under the rug.