Suffering

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Why do good people suffer? You are not alone in your questions.

“Why me?” As you go through days of despair and hopelessness, you ask yourself endless questions as you try to grasp the reality that you, your family, or your loved ones are suffering. The most difficult part to understand is why good people suffer. You are not alone in your questions.

Thousands of years ago, a man named Job also faced the same dilemma. He was a righteous man yet he lost his wealth, family and health. In the midst of his questions and doubts, he found peace and faith in God who has been there since the beginning. Job had the realization that there are things that need no answers and just require a complete trust in God. Whatever situation you are in that is causing you suffering, the death of a loved one, a terminal disease in the family, financial difficulties, relational issues, hold on to the promises that God has given to His children. He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6).

Sometimes, we will not find a satisfactory reason for what is happening. And even though it may be hard to accept in your heart and your mind, just continue to have faith that God will see you through.   Have faith. God is our refuge and strength and He will help you during your time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1).

  • If you sense that the suffering was caused by sin, seek God’s forgiveness and repent. Allow Him to teach you what you need to learn from the situation.
  • Meditate on the Word of God. Seek His promises.
  • There will be times when you will not understand why there is suffering in your life.  Just focus on God and His strength.
  • Focus on God through prayer. Let His peace reign within your heart.
  • Surround yourselves with people who can support you and pray for you.
  • It will be often difficult but seek to be joyful by inviting the Holy Spirit to fill your heart.
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  • Cries of the Heart by Ravi Zacharias
  • The Heart of Healing by Ardy O. Roberto
  • When Crisis Hits You by William B. Girao
  • The Upside of Adversity by Os Hillman
  • Good News About Injustice by Gary Haugen
  • When Life Hurts by Philip Yancey
  • Where is God When it Hurts? By Philip Yancey
  • Whispers from the Edge of Eternity by Charles Ringma
  • Finding Refuge and Strength by Harold J. Sala
  • The 2009 storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” caused more than one thousand deaths, affected almost 10 million people, damaged more than 200,000 houses, with a combined cost of damage of Php 38 billion, and brought about diseases.
  • According to the WHO data (2003), the Philippines has a suicide rate of 2.5 % for males and 1.7 females for every hundred thousand population. (NSCB 2007)
  • For 2006, the Philippine mortality rate for children under 5 was 18.3% while, fetal mortality was 5.1%. (Philippine in Figures, 2010)
  • Among the top ten leading causes of mortality are heart and vascular diseases, accidents, pneumonia, tuberculosis and diabetes (2009 Phil. Statistical Yearbook)
  • Due to the many needs of families, the Philippines has been suffering brain drain for many years. Skilled and talented workers are migrating or working abroad.
  • 32.9% of the Philippine population are below the poverty threshold. (Phil Report of MDG’s 2010)

 

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