Reading the Bible in a solitary cell, from memory, I am struck by the extent to which suffering pervades it.
It begins with the catastrophe of mankind's expulsion from paradise, and it concludes with the majority of mankind entering hell.
Why do even saints have to suffer?
Why are there sufferings in the animal kingdoms?
Why is a baby born with suffering?
Is suffering God's only educational method?
Why does evil exist?
Why have Christians suffered for decades in Communist jails?
After dedicating forty years of his life to missionary work among the Australian aborigines, a pastor fell sick. He suffered greatly as he was being transported on primitive roads to the city and was barely able to breathe. He asked his family to sing and to read to him from the Bible. Finally he said, "Stop the praises. I have served Him my whole life and He does not care for me." He took the Bible from his wife's hand and threw it into the bush. He could find no answer to the problem of suffering.
The only answer, which I believe should be given, is not to ask the question.
Jesus, when He was on the Cross, asked God why He had forsaken even His only begotten Son. His question is followed only by a question mark. All that is revealed to us is that the question exists and that we can live with it.
A sufferer once came to a pastor and asked him many questions. The pastor answered, "Kneel here in the church and ask Jesus for the answers." The man replied, "Do you really think I will hear a voice from heaven?" "No," said the pastor, "but by keeping quiet in prayer for several hours before God, you will realize that you can go along without answers to all your problems. This would have been Jesus' answer and it will quiet you."
You do not need more than His peace, which surpasses all understanding.
You do not need both peace and understanding, for understanding presupposes qualifications which most of us do not have. (Richard Wurmbrand, 100 Prison Meditations)
And he said unto me, My graceissufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2Co 12:9)