On September 19th, 2008, my daughter Macy was stillborn. Her death was completely unexpected. Right up till the day she was born, every indication was that she was doing fine.
Lauren and I have never learned why she died. I do know this, though: in the aftermath of her death, we suffered terribly. Even now, ten years later, every time I see her picture hanging on our bedroom wall, it sends a jolt of pain right through my heart.
Our experience is hardly unique. Even in a country like ours, at some point in their lives, nearly everyone encounters great suffering. This is true for unbelievers, but it’s true for the most faithful Christians too.
Here, some locate the greatest challenge to our faith. They ask, “If God is both good and powerful, then why does He allow the innocent and undeserving to suffer?”
This is hardly a new question. It goes back at least to the book of Job, if not before. However, it is an important one, with great relevance to all of us. Thankfully, it’s also a topic that the Bible explores in considerable depth. Let’s turn to the Scriptures, then, to answer the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” Continue reading