2 Corinthians 4:17, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

This weekend begins a new sermon series titled, Explore God. My guess is that you have seen some of the billboards or heard the commercials. During this seven-week series, I will ask and answer some of life’s most important questions. One question that will be covered is, “Why does God allow pain and suffering?”

“Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?” Your parents probably said, “no” on many occasions; like, “No, don’t touch the stove; it’s hot!” “No you can’t go there.” “No, you should not do this or that.” Unless you were the perfect child, you probably disobeyed them at least a couple of times. Perhaps you put your hand on the stove, though you had been warned, and it was hot. This was the stubborn and painful way to learn that your parents were right. They were not telling you, “no” just to be mean parents or to spoil your fun. They were not evil parents, leaving the burner on purposefully to cause you pain. They were not powerless parents, unable to keep you away from the hot stove. They did not cease to exist because you suffered and got burned. In the same way, pain, suffering, and evil in the world, do not cancel out God’s power, love and existence.

The Bible says, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Join me this weekend as we begin to Explore God, and answer this and several other important questions.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D