A couple of days ago, I entered a room in our house to find my wife crying on phone. She was speaking to someone on the other end of the line and it was obvious whoever it was, there was some devastating news being shared there. I was not sure from which end, because we’d just had our own devastation in the family which I first assumed must have been the reason for the weeping. I allowed her time to compose herself after the phone call after which she told me of the news she just received.
Incidentally the call was from a family friend communicating about the sudden demise of a mutual friend. The incident was the latest in a series of tragedies in the family that the news made our tragedy seem small in light of what we imagined the mother was going through. Since receiving these news, I’ve been turning all that in my mind and heart to try and make sense of adversity and the age old question of the reason and purpose of suffering.
I would not talk as an expert, but as one with his own share of suffering, sharing my thoughts is my way of trying to make sense out of the circumstances.
I am yet to meet someone that has said they’ve never experienced pain in one way or the other. Even though the degree may differ from one person to the other, we’ve all experienced some form of pain. The question that begs to be answered, especially for those who have put their trust in God is, ” why?”.
I have come up with some kind of perspective: given that we have two opposing powers in the world, one of good , and the other of evil, then the things we experience per time will be from either of these sources.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.James 1
Considering that God , the source of all goodness is almighty, meaning He’s got ability to stop anything opposed to His nature, we can only conclude that He’s allowed anything that happens from the source of all evil to happen (Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.).
This places events in our lives largely into two categories; 1. those that originate from God, and, 2. those that originate from the evil one (but allowed by God). As hard as the 2nd category is to comprehend, that seems to be the case if the story of Job is anything to go by. We notice that Satan asked permission from God to bring adversity to Job, even though Job himself was not privy to this permission seeking.
Whatever the happening in ones life per time, one thing is for sure that the intended end with God on the life of every of His creation is good. He has only capacity for good and not for evil and will bring you to the expected end.
Rejoice therefore beloved for whatever your experience per time, God’s end is exceedingly good, and the end of a matter is better than the beginning thereof.