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Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

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Have you considered the question…Why does God allow pain and suffering? It can be difficult to find peace when you find yourself in long seasons of waiting for trials to end doesn’t it?

Doubts can creep their way into our minds and leave us with more questions than answers. Such as…

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  • Do you really know what you’re doing Lord?
  • Hasn’t my circumstances lasted long enough Lord?

The following verses warn us:

  • Trouble will come
  • Heartache will come
  • Suffering will come

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Let the Word of God be your guide when you find yourself in difficulty. I have to be honest with myself, as well as you. When someone who has lived their whole life serving God to the fullness of their ability to suffer so much I question why?

Satan loves to have our minds so bogged with lies we can’t find our way around them. So, with this being said, why does God allow pain?


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My human heart simply can’t comprehend why does God allow pain and suffering sometimes. Working in the Oncology field has opened my eyes to this even more so.

A cancer patient will come in after being diagnosed and they look fairly healthy in the beginning but once treatment starts I can not stress enough how it wreaks havoc on their bodies. They’re questioning why does God allow pain?

why does God allow Pain Physically?

Sweet friend, watching cancer patients waste away to skin and bones and what it does to their physical bodies is tough. I have found myself in my lab bay fighting tears more often than I’m willing to admit.

I will practically BEG God if they are not gonna get better to PLEASE end their suffering.

If they are ready to be called to Heaven to hurry up and get on with it already. Help them to receive a new glorified body and be rid of the pain. The sad part is that’s not my call to make. If I’m being totally honest I wonder my why does God allow pain?

But I cannot make the calls! Trust me, sweet friend, God knows what he is doing, and he sure doesn’t need any help from me.

God’s thoughts and ways are not the same as ours: Why does God allow pain?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

We cannot see the whole picture

I can admit that in my “hard times” is when I learn most because during these moments of my life I’m drawn closer to God than ever before. I seek his face wisdom, comfort, prayer, peace, and understanding, all the more.

It is the only way in those forever seasons to make it through. We can’t find the strength we need on our own merit. Instead, we must look to our Lord and Savior to pull us through. We should be doing these things all along anyway.

You see, when life is going all hunky-dory we tend to think I am good to go are in a good place. I can conquer anything that comes against me. Don’t get too cocky cause you can find out in a hurry how quickly things can change for you.

We realize our need for God

When we are enduring suffering in our lives it’s only natural to ask why does God all pain right? This being said it forces us to rely on and trust God more than ever, instead of being focused on the question of why does God allow pain?

Sometimes, God has to really get our attention to open our eyes that we can’t do this life without HIM. There is a reason for everything we go through and face. God is wanting to teach us something if only we will get off our high horse long enough to listen.


I am sorry if that offends you but you know as well as I do that it is plain TRUTH. It’s called Pride. ALL of us have it the thing is you have to admit it and repent of it and ask God to keep it from your heart.

Let’s go back to my Oncology patients. Do they deserve what they face? NO! Have they done something wrong, and this is their punishment?


But I truly believe God is using their situation to change the lives of those around them. It has definitely changed me.


When you see someone who is clearly suffering but can still say:

  • God is with Me
  • God Loves Me

You see, God is working miracles through them to reach others who need to see and hear God’s power working in the lives of others.

Cancer Patients say:

God, use ME and MY struggles to show others your love. God use my pain and suffering to show your Glory in and through my life. #CancerPatients #WhyDoesGodAllowPain Click To Tweet

Does God want us to suffer?

When you see someone who is clearly suffering but can still say God is with ME. God Loves Me. You see, God is working miracles through them to reach others who need to see and hear God’s power working in the lives of others. They’ll say, God, can use ME and MY struggles, to show YOU his Love.

When I see how much these patients go through on a daily basis and can still say ALL these things with a big smile on their face that my Friends is a testimony, of God’s Grace.

Why Does God Allow Pain? For Our Good and HIS Glory!

I feel ashamed to say anything about the struggles with my health I deal with. See beloved, we may never know who we come in contact with that we may be inspiring while going through a season of hardship.

You and I may never know or understand why we’re going through what we are this side of Eternity but rest assured God does. There are many stories in the Bible of people who suffered but still had Peace in God’s Sovereign plan.

I found this article, written by Author David Peach. It explains the sufferings of many but also shows God’s power in and through them that will also give hope to you and me.

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7 Stories of Suffering in the Bible: Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering

When we go to the word of God there are numerous stories of pain and suffering. God doesn’t promise us an easy life but he does promise to be with us through it all!

We can also understand that peace can be found when we question why does God allow pain and suffering too. However, at the time it doesn’t feel that way.


At the end of his life, Joseph said to his brothers who had horribly mistreated him, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Genesis 50:20

Though he had earned his master’s trust and was allowed to work freely in the house, the lies of a woman thrust Joseph into prison. God granted Joseph an understanding of dreams while he was unjustly serving his time.

Joseph interpreted a dream one day which could have been his way out of jail; but, the man who should have spoken for Joseph’s freedom forgot about him for two years. When Joseph was released from prison it was to take an elevated position in the government.

Joseph knew the region would go through a devastating drought. He made preparations to help save the people. In doing so he was able to rescue his brothers who had treated him so badly. 

Joseph trusted in the promises of God. He knew that God had a plan for his life. Joseph endured difficulties because of his faith in God’s Word.


Certainly, there were highlights in the life of Moses. He spent time in the presence of God and was the instrument God used to lead the children of Israel from Egypt.

But there were trials along the way. At one point in Moses’ life, he prayed that if God really loved him then God would kill him as a show of compassion.

Moses had enough of the whining and complaining of the people that God asked him to lead. The Israelites complained so much that Moses thought it would be a show of mercy by God if God would just kill him instead of making him live with the complaints.

If you will treat me like this, kill me at once if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness. Numbers 11:15


In the much loved, Story of Ruth, we meet her mother-in-law, Naomi. This is a lady, who followed her husband, to a foreign land, and lost everything she held dear, during their time away from home.

There is much debate, on whether the family should have moved away, from the land of God. Whatever your thoughts might be, we would not have the beautiful story of Ruth, without the tragic loss, that Naomi endured. 

After the death, of her husband and sons, Naomi returned to Israel. She took Ruth with her. When they arrived in Bethlehem-Judah, Naomi was pretty discouraged. Though her name meant pleasant, she asked her friends, to call her Mara, which means…bitter

She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty, has dealt very bitterly with me. Ruth 1: 20

I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” Ruth 1:21

Yet, nowhere else, is she ever referred to, by that name. God restored her hope and pleasantness. In the end, she and Ruth, had a wonderful relationship, because of God’s goodness. Naomi experienced trials, but emerged victorious, through the hand of God.


Job writes in the opening chapter of his story:

And he said Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

Job lost his houses, his riches, his cattle, and even his own children, yet he still chose, to praise God for His goodness. He recognized, that everything he had in life, came from the hand, of the Lord. If God chose, to take that away from him, then who was Job to complain?

Then his wife said to him Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die. Job 2:9

However, Job continued, to maintain his trust, in the faithfulness of God.


In the last two verses of Psalm 27, David wrote:

I believe that I shall look, upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14

David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. David acknowledged, some of the trials, tribulations, and enemies, he had encountered. Yet he concluded, that God is faithful and that He is good.

David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. The beloved King David was not loved by everyone.

David endured trials, from leadership over him, and followers behind him. Even from his own household. Yet, David chose, to see the hand of God, in everything that took place, in his life.


Jeremiah is known, as the Weeping Prophet, because he cried, and grieved much, for his people. They were unrepentant. They continued in sin, though they were warned to repent.

Though Jeremiah’s trials, were not physical in nature, he suffered great spiritual anguish, because of Israel. In the end, they refused to listen, to the warnings of God, through Jeremiah. The people were carried away as captives, by the Babylonians. 

Oh, that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:1

Oh, that I had in the desert a travelers’ lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men. Jeremiah 9:2


We know the Apostle Paul, suffered many trials, by the hand of man. But beyond that, he suffered some type of trial, by the permission of God. Paul called it, a messenger of Satan, and begged God, to remove this “thorn in the flesh.”

Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 2 Corinthians 11:23

Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 2 Corinthians 11:24

Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea. 2 Corinthians 11:25

On frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers. 2 Corinthians 11:26

In toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food. In cold and exposure. 2 Corinthians 11:27

And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:28

Yet, God chose to allow Paul, to suffer from this affliction. There are many speculations, for what this problem was, but we are not told clearly, in the text of the Bible.

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 2 Corinthians 12:7

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 2 Corinthians 12:8

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Whether we know, the exact nature, of the problem, there is a lesson, to be learned, that can apply, to each of us.

Paul endured this trial, which caused him to depend more, upon the Lord. He was told by God, that the affliction, was to show, the power of God, through a weakened life.

When we are weak, sick, in need, persecuted, or distressed for Christ’s sake, then God can show himself, strong for our benefit, and for His glory.

God told Paul, that His grace, was sufficient. It was sufficient for Paul, God’s grace is sufficient for us today. Though it’s possible he questioned why does God allow pain in the beginning?


Clearly, ALL these examples shown testify of long seasons of trials and they also show God’s hand in all of them. Even though they endured much they also had the Peace of God during all things.

See my Friends, if we can turn on focus on less of why does God allow pain and instead focus on how God shows his power, through us, in our weakness, and in return, God receives the Glory, in ALL things.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

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  1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
  3. God restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
  6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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