One of the great questions we, as humans, always have in regards to God, is this…
If there is a loving God, why is there some much pain and suffering in the world?
One answer is obvious, free will and sin. We are free to make any choice we want and our choices affect others in good ways and bad ways.
There is another answer we don’t talk about a lot… growth.
As human beings, we usually hate change. For better or worse, we are happy not to have to change. We will not change unless our current circumstance becomes unbearable. It is said, pain is the great motivator to change.
Pain, suffering, trials, tribulations, sickness, death, and temptation; all these spur us to change. God’s great purpose is to change us to be conformed to the image of his son, Jesus.
Sometimes, the negative situations we go through are motivation for us to change. Sometimes, it is our responses to these situations that are examples to others of how great our God is, to bring us through the change and to work all things for good.
God, in his sovereignty, allows us to go through all kinds of pain to bring us, and those around us, closer to him.
See also, Romans 8:28-30 and Romans 5:3.
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God