Watch this Charis Minute by Barry Bennett
‘Healing’ is a big topic that Barry Bennett teaches in more detail at Charis Bible College. Click here to watch a sample of the course on healing, and click the link at the bottom of this article to learn more about Charis programs and enrolment.
No, God does not allow you to suffer. He is not the one allowing suffering to take place in your life.
Much of our suffering is the consequence of wrong decisions. And you’ve got to admit I’m right. I mean, we make dumb decisions many times and we suffer the consequences. That’s not God.
Other times it may be somebody coming against us and we suffer. Somebody made a bad decision and they ran into our car and caused a crash. That wasn’t my fault. It’s their fault, but I’m going to suffer the financial consequences of that perhaps.
So suffering is part of the fallen world. God isn’t allowing it to humble you. But what God does say, is if you want to grow in humility, He says in 1st Peter 5:6,
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
Who does the humbling? We do. We are to submit to God and check our own hearts. Make sure we’re not filled with pride, and He [God] will lift us up. So what does it look like to be lifted up? That’s a good question to leave you with.