I have heard many people ask the question “Why does God allow suffering in the World?” This question used to bother me, but I started to ponder it a bit and found that God doesn’t allow suffering, We caused our own suffering because we chose poorly at the beginning. When Adam and Eve were in the garden, they were perfection. Made in God’s own image, free of worry, free of disease, free of death. They had a perfect relationship with God. Can you imagine walking and talking with God every day? Having his presence with you in a physical way. Wow. What that must have been like. But, it wasn’t enough. Eve was deceived and ate the fruit and Adam chose to eat it with her and this ended their perfect union. This allowed disease and death into the world. It wasn’t God’s perfect plan. It wasn’t even God’s back up plan. No, it wasn’t the plan at all. Maybe Eve didn’t realize the damage she would do by giving into Satan’s deception. She couldn’t have known but this deception allowed suffering and disease into the world.
People wonder why God doesn’t jump in and rescue us. Stop our suffering. Not allow death in our schools, attacks on our first responders and military and attacks on our country. Why doesn’t God do something? God doesn’t do something because we have impolitely told him to butt out. Anne Graham Lotz was quoted as saying “For years we have told God we didn’t want Him in our schools. We didn’t want him in our government and we didn’t want him in our finances and God was being a perfect gentleman in doing just what we asked Him to do. We need to make up our mind—do we want God or do we not want Him. We cannot just ask Him in when disaster strikes.”
We, who suffer from a mental illness or any illness for that matter, may have asked God why? Why do I have to suffer with this illness? Well, we chose it. Not directly. Of course, no one would choose to have an illness. But through Eve’s transgression, we suffer. And we will continue to suffer until Jesus comes back and makes all perfect again. We can choose, however, to bring some good out of our suffering. We can share our faith in God and how He has healed us and made us whole. How He has given us hope that, if we do not get healed in our lifetime, we will be healed in heaven. How amazing is that? But, we still must live in our bodies, in this world which at times is so chaotic and disturbing. The world that has so thoroughly drove God out. But, He will not be totally driven out. This is His world. He created it and He will have the last say. Satan may have gained some ground, but God knows what he is doing and what he will do, and it is no surprise to God. It may surprise us, but not God. We will continue to suffer disease, attacks, pain, deviancy and more because this is the world we live in. We chose poorly at the beginning, but Jesus says “take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).