3) It takes a world with trouble in it to train us for our high calling as children of God.
It’s hard to see a child grieve a broken toy but we know it’s the first step towards a more mature life. We have to learn to deal with loss.
Jesus “learned obedience from what he suffered.” Hebrew 5:8
Here lies the clue to this–that the problem of evil is raised far more often by the spectators of life than by the actual combatants. You will hardly find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics. The fact is that it is the world’s greatest sufferers who have produced the most shining examples of unconquerable faith.
They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. -Hebrews 11:37-38
How can this be? Suffering initiates the soul into secrets which the more onlooker can never know. Do not think trials and troubles are meaningless: one day you are going to look up into the face of God and thank Him for every sorrow.