GOD allows suffering…

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, But two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

GOD allows us to suffer in life. I’m not sure why. He isn’t the cause of life’s suffering, pain, and problems, but rather it seems, He has determined to use these and the other difficult situations, circumstances, and events in life to teach us how to “get over” ourselves and stop trying to be self-reliant, self-protective, and self-focused.

I believe GOD wants us to do life in a bigger and better way – to put an end to thinking that we can handle it on our own – so He often allows trials, troubles, and tough things to occur which grab our attention and force us to turn outside ourselves for help – to look to Him and the other people He has placed around us.

When we are alone, we are most vulnerable. We can easily be attacked, beaten, and defeated. When lions and other predators hunt, they attempt to isolate single targets to take down that are unaccompanied and unprotected. Satan and his demons use similar tactics with us in order to steal from and destroy our lives.

GOD allowed His own Son to suffer – in fact He sent JESUS to earth for the very purpose of suffering and dying for us. I don’t know of anyone else who likes to or wants to suffer, but when it is properly supported and mutually shared, suffering can yield some astonishing results.

Life is too hard to do alone so don’t even try it. You need people and people need you. All of us need GOD. When we suffer, other people come to us and help us. When others suffer, we go to them and help them. And GOD is here in everything to help us, to heal us, and to give us hope.

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