“This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering” (2 Thessalonians 1:5).

If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving, why is their suffering in the world? It’s a question that has long existed and is the most common argument used by unbelievers to debate the existence of God. For centuries theologians have sought to answer the question with various theodicies that seek to defend God. For believers, however, the greater question of suffering isn’t one of why but how—how do we respond? There is never a circumstance where we are not providentially situated; when we are not called to be salt and light; to bear testimony of the hope that is in us.

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