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When tragedies happen, we ask why. Whether it happens to us personally, to our loved ones, or to our communities, we have a natural desire to find answers.
How could a loving all powerful God allow terrible things to happen? God gives us answers. He gives us hope. The Bible is the very Word of God, and it reveals the reasons for pain and suffering. It also gives us the hope of how to get through trials and sorrows.
God doesn't want bad things to happen to people. He loves you. He loves people. Like a loving parent, it hurts Him to see His children in pain. In fact, it's part of God's plan for humanity to get rid of all sadness, sorrow and pain. His plan is for every man, woman and child to live in peace and harmony in His Kingdom. He wants this new world even more than we do. He wants us to grow closer to Him, to obey Him, and to find true peace and comfort in His love and way of life. The most important thing to realise is that God cares for you actively.
Often when we're faced with a trial that seems too hard to handle, we feel abandoned. Abandoned by friends, abandoned by family, and sometimes especially abandoned by God. In these dark times our cares and worries overwhelm us with negative and even hopeless thoughts.
Paul was not the only one who learned that living, trusting, abiding faith is more important than physical health and long life.
Once you come to understand where suffering comes from and why we so often go through trials, you can start working through your suffering. In God's mercy He showed us the key in the Bible. The key is trusting in Jesus Christ.