Why Does God Allow the Innocent
Question: “Why doe God allow the innocent to suffer?”
We must first ask, does an “innocent person” exist? Jeremiah 17:9 says, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
We live in a sinful world that affects much of our lives. John 16:33 warns us of troubles, in the world you shall have tribulation. Trials and problems are to be expected in this fallen world.
God promises that while we will have tribulations, Christians will be victorious in the end.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:7). My brethren, count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds (James 1:12).
Often our suffering and trials are because we failed to keep our eyes on God, but kept them on the world. We are frequently warned in scriptures, to keep our eyes on God and not on the world and not on our problems, trusting God to handle our problems. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36).
Even during suffering, God said, Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Genesis 26:24). I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go (Genesis 28:15).
Much of the suffering and trials that we endure and seem so terrible at the time, are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
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