It’s important to remember that death and suffering was never originally part of God’s design. Everything was originally created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). It was Adam and Eve’s sin that brought death and suffering into God’s creation. The pain and suffering we see around us is a direct result of the rebellion of Adam and the continuing rebellion of his descendants.
We also need to remember that, even in the midst of pain, God is sovereign over circumstances. I’m reminded of a verse from Genesis, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20). Right now in the Middle East, the radical Muslim group ISIS is terrorizing Christians, putting many of them to death. The horrors ISIS is inflicting on men, women, and children seems unfathomable to us in the West, yet this is a daily reality for many people. Well, out of these horrors God is working.
Christian aid groups working among refugees in Iraq and other places are reporting how God is using unimaginable pain to bring people to Christ. One ministry leader in Iraq reports that the demand for Bibles and information about Christ is so great they can barely keep up. He says people are “just sick of Islam. People are very hungry to know about Christ . . . As terrifying and horrifying as ISIS is, they did us a great favor because they came and have shown them all the killing, saying that it’s all in the Koran verses. So now we don’t have to say much, we just say the truth.”
This leader goes on to say, “We believe in the power of the Word of God. We don't have many preachers. We don't have many missionaries, but we have the Word of God that we're able to print, purchase and deliver to the people and their children.”
God’s Word is being used in mighty ways to bring people to Christ. This reminds me of Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” In the midst of all the pain and suffering, we can praise God that through the reading of His Word His gospel is advancing among Muslim peoples like never before.
AiG has many Christian friends living in Muslim nations where they are using apologetics resources to give a defense of the Christian faith and to present the gospel.
Now, this world wants peace and, to them, it seems hard to find. But the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) has already come and given true peace! You see, true peace doesn’t come from a cessation of war—history clearly shows there will always be something that troubles the human heart in this sin-cursed universe. True peace comes from knowing the Prince of Peace and recognizing that He has overcome the world (John 16:33). It comes from knowing that our biggest problem—the sin that separates us from God—has been taken care of by Christ’s death and resurrection. We can have peace for now and eternity through Jesus Christ and what He has done. One day, those who are Christians will live forever with the Lord where there will be no more death or suffering:
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.