This is the most common question people have regarding God. Let me put an interesting question for you to consider. What do you propose God should do about it? To stop evil and suffering. God would have to stop every act that causes any suffering. To do that, He would have to stop those who cause the suffering (adulterers, liars, murderers, criminals, fornicators, and so on). Wouldn’t that mean He would have to put a stop to you and me too? Haven’t we, by our own actions, caused some of the suffering that exists in the world? Its’ a reality we have been denying. Haven’t we hurt people’s feelings? My reader, God has not destroyed evil because He would have to destroy us. By permitting evil and suffering to continue, God is actually showing the world mercy. Mercy that lifts us up when we are challenged with evil and suffering.
The Bible says that a day is coming when God will stop evil (2Peter 3:7-13). He will judge sinners, put them away forever, and create a new heaven and a new earth, where there will no longer be any death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, God is using the suffering that exists for good (Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12). Often, when people are suffering, they turn to God and receive the kind of help they truly need.
Love what C.S Lewis stated, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Amazing how God gets the worlds attention. It was Malcolm Muggeridge who stated, “supposing you eliminated suffering, what a dreadful place the world would be! I would almost rather eliminate happiness. The world would be the most ghastly place because everything that corrects the tendency of this unspeakable little creature, man, to feel over-important and over pleased with himself would disappear. He’s bad enough now, but he would be absolutely intolerable if he never suffered.”
Suffering in life which is permitted by God has a place and purpose to accomplish in our lives. Suffering reminds our inner man and wakes up the sleeping soul to the reality of life and reveals to us the deep need of God in our lives. Everything works for good because God is control of our lives.
C.S Lewis (1962) The Problem of Pain (MacMillan, p.93).
Malcolm Muggeridge (1969) Jesus Rediscovered (Doubleday, p.198-210).