One of the hottest topics in Christianity is the problem of pain – how do we reconcile an all-powerful and all-loving God with the reality of pain and suffering in the world that feels a little more real to us? I don’t have a satisfying answer. As I keep living, the more cruelty I see in the world, and the more unsurprised I am about what goes on. My dad even jokes that my brothers and I shouldn’t have any kids of our own, so that they won’t have to experience the pains of the world. Sometimes, I get that, but then these potential souls aren’t just missing out on the little highs of life, but on eternity. Pain does not endure when we live for God.
Despite the paradox, pain and God do go together. In our pain, when we see the consequences of our own sinful ways and fallen world, we can also see God’s glory shining through all these cracks in our lives. The pain was never a part of His plan for us – He is a caring Father who wanted to provide for us in the Garden of Eden, but we chose ourselves over Him. Without consequences or discipline, we won’t learn, and thus the plans changed and we were no longer living in the Garden with God. But He never left us; He was merely a Father disciplining His children, teaching them as He saw fit. Because He loved us so much, He gave us a solution to our problem, and sent Jesus to die so that we could be with Him forever. Pain is only a detour we had to take to reach God, because of our own free will.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. [Revelation 21:4]