Why does God allow such pain and hardships?
Our Lord is not a Narcissist, thus we are not robots or marionettes on strings; rather, we are human beings with a Free Will. We would not want it any other way! But, with Free Will comes consequences for our choices. Yes, if we confess our sins, we are forgiven, completely; but this does not leave us free from worldly consequences.
Without consequences, we would never learn, and we would continue in our bad choices, never growing, nor reaching out to our Father, in our pain. If we never reached out to The Lord, we would never know true love (because God is Love).
Our choices also affect others, as do our sins. This is the natural way of the fallen world in which we live. This is all about our choices, and our Free Will, as well as others’.
With prayer, though, God will intervene according to His Will. And, His choices are always right. This is one of the reasons why faithful, ceaseless prayer (as well as intercessory prayer, for others) is our lifeline, and as important as our very breath!
Through trust in Jesus Christ, He has stopped much destruction in our lives that we have never known about, and during the catastrophes in which He did allow to happen (due to the fallen world), He has given us the strength to bear, and grow.
I do not have all the answers, but I do know that His Way is true and right, and 100% trustworthy, without a doubt, and that prayer is powerful and essential. I have much testimony on this!
1 Corinthians 13:12
…”Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.