This is what God gave me today in His word:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Jesus has overcome the World. He hasn’t overcome Asia, nor Africa, nor America, nor, in fact, has He overcome the Earth. — He doesn’t have a need to, He created those areas Himself, and they won’t rebel. No, what Jesus has overcome, is the World. The “World”, isn’t the same thing as the Earth, in this particular case. Rather, it refers to everyone who isn’t a believer. – We see this from the surrounding context. i.e. Recently He’s been talking about how His disciples believe that He came from “The Father”, and there are also other areas where He makes the distinction between the Earth and the World. – But that’s a side issue. The important thing, is that Jesus has indeed overcome the World!
He has overcome principalities, powers, and Satan himself. We have absolutely nothing to fear now; not even death, because Christ has overcome even that! So here’s the big question: if Christ has indeed overcome the World, why suffering? Why is it God allows people to die awful deaths of starvation, and be forced to endure abuse each and every day? I mean, if God is truly as powerful as the Bible says He is, and if He can truly see everything, and if He really has overcome the World, why is there so much torment still in the World?
There is suffering, for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, God allows it in order to have it call people to Himself. — What is the time when we’re most likely to turn to Christ? When we’re the most needy. God also allows suffering, in order to show people they’re doing something wrong. Take the lower castes in India; there are thousands of lower caste people there who have likely never had a “good meal” in their lives, and you’ve probably never seen any one group of people more open to hearing about the Gospel of Christ.
Why suffering? Because it’s God’s megaphone to everyone, telling them that their time on this Earth is limited, so turn to Christ now, or you may never get the chance again.
You are Loved!