Why does God allow us to suffer?

Why does God allow suffering?  Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil.  But God allowed him to suffer.  He lost everything, his property, his family and his health.  Why?  If Job was blameless and upright, and he feared the God and shunned evil, why did God allow him to suffer? Why didn’t God protect him?  I admire my wife.  She is a virtuous woman.  Like Job, she loves and fears God, and deliberately avoids evil.  But she too has suffered. Two years ago this month, we lost a child, Samantha Grace.  It took us two years to conceive her.  Then, my wife carried her for nine months, her full term.  My wife earnestly prayed that we would conceive her, and diligently prayed every day during her pregnancy for her health and safety.  Then, just four days before her expected date, Samantha Grace went to be with the Lord.  Why?  Over the past two years, I have watched my wife suffer, mourning over the loss of Samantha.  Words cannot describe her suffering.  It is the worst thing that I have ever witnessed.  All we can do is ask why?  But we hear a resounding silence, and there is no comfort for our loss.  It is not for us to understand why God allows suffering.  His ways are not our ways.  His thoughts are not our thoughts.  His foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.  Maybe someday, the answer to this question will be revealed to us.

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