why does God tolerate suffering?

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When life is uncertain, and things happen to us that we don’t understand, we automatically assume that God has left us. Or if He hasn’t left us, He sure has quit caring about us. However, that can’t be farther from the truth. Satan plants those lies in our hearts so we’ll turn away from God. The truth is, God isn’t the one that leaves. Most of the time, we are the ones who turn our backs.

What we need to understand is that sometimes God allows us to suffer so we will realize how much we need Him. It’s when we’re in the storm that we reach out and find that God is our refuge. I know this has happened to me before. When I make the wrong choice, God allows me to suffer the consequences.

Habakkuk 1:2-3 says, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?”

Habakkuk is prophesying about the city of Judah being destroyed and He’s calling out to God for help. At this period of time, the people of Judah had turned their back on God. Because of this, God was allowing the Babylonians to raise up and destroy the city. God was allowing His people to suffer because of the choices they had made.

At times like these, it may seem like God has forgotten about His children. However, we don’t know the things that God knows. He may have something bigger and better in store for us, but we have to endure some hardships first. We have to trust God enough to endure the suffering so we can get to the blessings He has in store for us. Even when God allows us to endure hardships, He still never leaves us. God watches over us in the good times and bad. He has promised to never leave or forsake us.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

God allows us to suffer because we ignore his commands. He teaches us these lessons so we can grow closer to Him and learn more about His will for our lives. God doesn’t leave us, he doesn’t cause us harm. He does allow us to suffer the consequences of our sinful actions. However, knowing that He loves us, we can be assured that He has great things ahead for us once we conquer the trials that come our way. Sometimes we need to be broken down in order for God to build us back up and mold us into someone that can fulfill his purpose.

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