How Could A Good God Allow Suffering?

How Could A Good God Allow Suffering?
Sunday, May 17

*Note to leaders: This guide is designed to assist you and your group while growing in your relationship with Jesus together. As you prepare each week, feel free to prioritize questions or sections in this study guide, based on your group dynamic and needs.

MAIN POINT

How could a good God allow suffering?

OPEN UP

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

In your experience, how have you seen this quote to be true?

Suffering Is Normal In An Imperfect World

Chrsitians are told they should expect to experience difficulties. God never promised a life without difficulty and suffering. Why do you think God allows His people to go through difficult times?

Have someone read Romans 8:18-21.  How has your experience of walking through difficult times affected your relationship with God? 

What hope does this passage offer to those who are in the middle of pain and hardship?

Have someone read Luke 13:1-5. Knowing that we cannot avoid pain and suffering, or answer why bad things happen to some and not others, why do we question God about our suffering?

Passages like Romans 8:1-2 seem to indicate that it’s a mistake to view specific hardships as divine judgment from God. What is the danger in associating misfortune or suffering with sin?

God Will Set Things Right

Have someone read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. How have you felt the comfort of God during times of hardship? Share how you have been able to use your past and difficult experience to comfort and encourage someone else. 

Have someone read Luke 18:7-8. What is your reaction to Josh’s statement that, “If you genuinely care about justice,  you should want Christianiaty to be true”? How does Christainaity relate to  justice?  

God’s desire is to save the whole world (John 12:47). How does God’s love bring about judgement and justice? 

What are some ways that Christians often mistake their version of justice for God’s judgment? How does God’s love and judgment set wrong things right?

APPLY

Injustice and suffering is all around us. What can you do this week to find comfort in the middle of suffering? What can you do to encourage and comfort others through your pain?

PRAYER

Thank you God for showing us love and comforting us during times of hardship. Help us to seek your justice as we seek to show your comfort and love to others. Amen!

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