Why does God allow suffering? In the Bible, Job is the prime example of God allowing suffering to an innocent man. Then we look at Joseph, he went through bitter suffering as well, and then we look at the life of Jesus who was unjustly nailed to a cross. In the book of Job, Satan was given free rein to mess with Job. In the book of Genesis, Joseph brothers sold him into slavery, then he was lied on by his master’s wife on rape charges because she wanted to sleep with him, and he said no. From that, he was thrown into a jail, and then lied to by someone who was supposed to help him get out of jail.
Why does God allow Satan to tempt us? Why did Job, Joseph, and Jesus have to go through all that suffering? Why do all these bad things happen to us on earth? Well, I’m not God, and I don’t know His every reason , but what I do know he has all eternity to make it up to us.
In the case of Job , his suffering is a landmark of other powers ( Satan ) at work in the earth (Job 1:6 ) and also the need for a mediator ( Job 9:33 ) like Jesus to give us back the access to God that we had lost in the garden when Adam and Eve sinned. The story of Job also condemns Satan because he did harm to an innocent man without cause.
Another reason I can imagine why God allows suffering is that it is like building muscle. When exercising muscle is built by being ripped apart, and then protein fills in those gaps to make it stronger. When we go through suffering our faith is exercised, and must fill in those gaps with God in order to become stronger in life.
At the end of the story Job was restored, and given more than he had before.
In the case of Joseph his suffering produced saving the life of his family, and becoming the most powerful man of his time. And we cannot forget Jesus who after all his suffering triumphed over the grave, saved our lives, and was given authority in all heaven and earth.
As we fight evils on this earth we will suffer, we will face opposition, but we must take heart like Job, Joseph, and Jesus, to realize the bigger picture. Suffering is temporary, but when we stay faithful to God the rewards are eternal. With our eyes on Jesus the test becomes a testimony, and we become better not bitter.