God is not immune to suffering. God too has suffered for our sake. This is clearly seen in the account of suffering that God the Son and God the Father endured when Jesus died on the cross for us. The eternal closest of all relationships was shattered when Jesus was on the cross as we can see when Jesus cries out to God “My God, my God why have you forsaken me.”
Jesus not only suffered this broken relationship with his Father, he was accused of all manner of things that he was innocent of, he was left alone to face his death when his disciples deserted him, he was rejected by many people, he was beaten, he was crucified and then he died. If that was not enough he suffered God’s holy and perfect anger in our place.
No wonder the Bible says of Jesus in Isaiah 53:2- 3 “He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Why did God endure such suffering? He did so in order to save us and give us eternal life.
He died so that we could live.
He suffered a broken relationship so our broken relationship with God could be restored.
He became sin for us so that we could be declared sinless by God.
He was bound by sin so that we could be set free from sin.
He was banished from God in order that we could come into his presence and be one with him.
He experienced all of God’s anger so that we could experience all of God’s love.
He suffered his Father’s rejection so that we could know the Father’s acceptance.
It is not fair or accurate to say that God is indifferent to our suffering because he has endured the worst of all suffering to ensure that we don’t have to.
God turns the table on suffering and uses it to bless rather than destroy. The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Because Jesus has experienced the worst possible suffering imagineable he is able to help us in our suffering.
The suffering that is in the world is not a reason to disbelieve the existence of God because God himself has suffered in our place so that we might be freed from the worst possible suffering imagineable. God does deal with suffering in the world in such a way that there are eternal benefits for those that are his.