I have often heard the question asked, “If God is so loving, why does He allow suffering?” To ask that is to indicate that we have missed something very basic and loving. God gave us free will as a gift. He gave us life and made us in His Image. Because He gave us free will we have power over our choices.
If we do not know the story of Adam and Eve we have missed something extremely significant …and basic. God’s first created people. Their home was perfect. They were custom-designed and selected for each other. All their needs were met. But their free will, a precious and priceless gift, was used as the precursor to sin. Disobedience was and is a choice. For Adam and Eve, for us who are Adamic in nature, it was a cave-in to the seduction from the enemy that their life could somehow be more complete if they chose to sin.
Our sin, and God says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) leaves us in a broken and fallen world of much pain and heartache. I hate to say it, but we brought it on ourselves. And even if we personally feel that we are not guilty, God says otherwise. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8 KJV)
The remedy, of course, is that we need someone to save us from our sin. He has already come! And guess what? He went through the same stuff we experience. “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18 NIV) “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to The One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission…He learned obedience from what He suffered.” (From Hebrews 5:6-8 NIV)
Not only does Jesus care, He teaches us what we can do with our free will.
And that choice for obedience saves us from death…here and now and for all eternity. What a gift!