Where is God in my Suffering?

God Isn’t Fixing This. This was the front page headline of the New York Daily News from December 3, 2015 in the wake of the San Bernardino, CA shooting that left 14 people dead. It’s only natural that we begin to question God’s ability and sovereign power in the midst of such evil, often leading us to ask the question, “Where is God in my suffering?”

Scripture reveals reality: suffering is part of the human experience. We will all suffer because of original sin. It has corrupted all of creation, tarnishing God’s perfect work by introducing evil, wrongdoing, physical decay, and even death. These things did not exist prior the fall of man (see Genesis 3). Thankfully, God’s promise to deliver a son of man to crush the head of the serpent and sin forever (Genesis 3:15) has been fulfilled.

When we suffer, it’s in our nature to cry out. We need a Redeemer. We need a Savior. We need One who can rescue us from the plight and curse of original sin. One who can restore all of creation to its intended, perfected, and glorious state. Jesus Christ shares in our suffering so that we may live.