The Shack - suffering
“You cannot produce trust just like you cannot ‘do’ humility. It either is or is not. Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.”
This post might be different from anything I have posted before but it's something that has been on my mind a lot lately then something happened with me today that made me think about it again so I thought why not share.
I was waiting for the bus in the bus stop this morning and a woman came and start talking to the girl beside me about how much God is against all the suffering in the world and how he's going to stop it then she keeps saying the proves that God can stop suffering. It might sound wrong or something you're not going to agree on but how I see it is this: It frustrated me to hear all that and I wanted to turn to her and say what I was thinking but I couldn't, she wasn't asking ME. I wanted to say
that she didn't know what life is and doesn't know God at all. Life is a temporarily test and suffering is part of life. If there wasn't suffering how will people know joy, if there wasn't suffering what's the point of heaven and hell, what's the point of life in general. Yes, God doesn't approve of suffering. God loves, cares and sure he doesn't want to see anyone suffer and the biggest mistake anyone can make is to question why God allows people to suffer but that's how life is. You may not understand or know but that is the point. Every relationship including the one you have with God is based on trust and belief that love exist in spite of suffering, not because of it. love is not the cause of suffering, but the lack of it. suffering can only be unbearable when there is no love and trust that God is there with you through it all.
There is a book that talks about how a man question God after his daughter got kidnapped and murdered. He questions suffering and why God allows suffering and bad things to happen and in the book he get his answer from God himself. You know when you read a book about something and whenever that topic is brought up the first thing comes to your mind is that book, well that's this book for me when I hear the topic of suffering and why God allows suffering.( too much of the word suffering, i know! ) The book is called " The Shack" The Shack is a novel by Canadian author William P. Young. If you really do question all that then you should definitely read this book.
“Humans have a great capacity for declaring something good or evil, without truly knowing.”
Rita Pearl X