Sermons on 1 Peter

How Could A Loving God Allow So Much Suffering?

There are two types of suffering: the suffering you choose and the suffering that chooses you. The suffering you choose results from things like breaking the law, drinking too much, going to the gym, or buying a cat. This type of suffering is easy to explain and understand; very few people blame God for this type of suffering. The suffering that chooses you comes from things like wars, natural disasters, diseases, premature death, or childhood abuse. The suffering that chooses us is the suffering that we struggle with the most. In this type of suffering, people are more prone to ask the question that we are dealing with today: “How could a loving God allow so much suffering?