by Ernest Easley

The Why's of Suffering
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Now as you're turning in God's Word to 2 Corinthians 1, I want to ask you a very personal question: Have you ever wondered why God permits suffering and affliction in the lives of His children? I mean, if God really is the ''good, good Father,'' that we enjoy singing about, then why would a ''good, good Father,'' allow suffering and sickness and heartache and trials to come to those whom He loves?

Well, that's what I want to talk to you about today from this first chapter of 2 Corinthians:

The Why's of Suffering.

Can you know why God permitted that sickness that took your spouse?

Can you know why God allowed that deep sorrow to come into your life?

Can you know why God permitted the sudden death of your child?

Can you know why God permitted that bankruptcy or that loss of income or some other tragic event that brought great suffering into your life?

Can we know the Why's of suffering and if so, what are they? Well, that's what the Apostle Paul is talking about here in chapter one as he begins explaining what real ministering looks like; how followers of Jesus are to be ministering to those around them. And in doing so, he's going to explain some of the whys of suffering; not all of the why's, but some of the whys.

So to you who have experienced great suffering and loss and wondered why God, being a ''good, good Father,'' permitted it, this message is for you. In other words, this message is for ALL of us! Amen!

Well, let's begin reading in verse 3 down through verse 7 as we discover today …

The Why's of Suffering

2 Corinthians 1.3-7

3'' Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our co ...

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