Why Do God's Children Suffer?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye
be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving
against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto
sons, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art
rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for
what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement,
of which all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we
have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall
we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they
verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure, but he for our profit,
that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercised by it. Wherefore, lift up the
hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your
feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord;
looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and by it many be defiled. (Hebrews 12:3-15)
Our subject is a perennial question that occurs constantly and monotonously more than any
other Bible-related question. It is a question asked with a capital WHY? by both believer and
nonbeliever. There have been more books written on this subject than the subject of the
Antichrist or the social gospel or how to live the Christian life. And still the question is bei ...
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