It's interesting: When people in church want the answer to some Biblical question, they often say, "Let's ask the preacher." And that's cool. I like it when people have such confidence in me.
But you know what? There are many theological issues that I don't have the answer for. And one of them is the issue of pain and suffering. Why do good people get sick and die young? Why do some families seem to be hit like Job -- by one thing after another? I know what I believe, but it probably isn't a very satisfying answer.
RIght now, our family of faith seems to have been swept with a cancer plague. It just breaks my heart. And I am praying every day for these people to be healed. But the question still hangs there. Why? I like what C. S. Lewis said when asked why Christians suffer. He said, "Because they are the only ones who can take it." But that still doesn't answer the question.
Well, there is a lot I don't know. But I do believe that all of us -- good and bad -- are victims of the Fall. When Adam and Eve sinned, they opened a Pandora's Box of death, suffering and pain. They let Satan loose to inflict upon us all kinds of bad stuff. And our gracious Father immediately set another plan into action. It is a plan to return us to Himself eternally. Oh, the short-term stuff still burdens us. But maybe that's good -- because it reminds us that there is a better place awaiting us. A place we can call "Home." A place where we will be forever with the Father. A place where we will see His face (Revelation 22: 4). And when we are there, we are all going to nod our heads and say, "Oh, now I understand."