A Loving God and… Illness or Death

Some people endure far more illness than others. They can be in difficult situations for long periods of time with no apparent hope of release. This suffering is not necessarily as a result of something they have or have not done. The Bible tells us that suffering can be for our own good even if we can’t see the reason for it.

The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ will come back to the earth to eventually remove all of our world’s imperfections, including pain and death. (Isaiah 25:8)

The issue of sickness is always a difficult one to deal with. The key is remembering that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). When we are suffering with a sickness, disease, or injury, we usually focus solely on our own suffering. In the midst of a trial of sickness, it is very difficult to focus on what good God might bring about as a result. (Romans 8:28) reminds us that God can bring about good from any situation. Many people look back on times of sickness as times when they grew closer to God, learned to trust Him more, and/or learned how to truly value life. This is the perspective God has because He is sovereign and knows the end result.

Pain and suffering is inevitable, and it will only be taken away when Jesus establishes His kingdom on this earth after His second coming. The Bible says in (Revelation 21:4) that He will wipe the tears from our eyes and take away all pain and suffering because the old earth will have passed away. Today, and in times past, God has allowed pain and suffering usually to either teach and build up believers, or to bring unbelievers to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Often we feel nobody else understands or cares about what we are going through. We must remind ourselves everyday that God does. God uses pain and suffering and death to help us and to develop in us a trust and confidence in Him. When we are at our wits end, when we have nowhere to turn, we will turn to Him and God tells us, He will be there for us.

God does care about suffering, but at present suffering is allowed to exist because it is part of God’s plan. When we look at the problem of pain, suffering and death from a distance, we see that God is not responsible at all. God didn’t bring sin into the world. Rather God is responsible for actually removing the effects of sin through the provision of His Son as a sacrifice for sin. The root cause of suffering is the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden which has resulted in all their descendants inheriting mortality.

God has a plan to offer us life after death. The plan involves the work of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16)

We have seen that our Creator cares about us and has arranged a plan to enable us to have life after death. This must give us a real hope for the future, despite our present problems. Jesus Christ promised that those who believe in him will be given endless life (John 6:40)

Living in a world without sickness is most appealing. The world wants good health! Many believe that as fantastic as it may sound, such a hope is real. There are some who are convinced that through man-made technology, in time, virtually all disease and sickness will be eradicated. On the other hand, those who put faith in the Bible believe that God will cause its ancient prophecies about a world without sickness to be fulfilled. What do you believe?

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