Grief & Loss, Spiritual Digest, Suffering — August 15, 2023 at 1:36 pm

Where Do Suffering and Bad Things Come From?


Only one Creator created everything that exists, including Satan, the architect of all evil. “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecc. 7:14).

United State Coast Guard Rescued 12 People From the Water During Lahaina Fire (Courtesy: County of Maui)
United State Coast Guard Rescued 12 People From the Water During Lahaina Fire (Courtesy: County of Maui)

I “form the light and create darkness; I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isa. 45:7). “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it, you will certainly die” (Gen. 2:17). All the time Adam and Eve were in the garden and chose to obey God, they knew only good and nothing evil. Evil was not activated and would have remained unknown to humans for eternity. The act of disobeying God thrust humanity and the rest of the creation into the hands of a new master, Satan. Evil was activated. Satan became the god of this world, as Jesus confirmed, and his work is to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). That is the source of our suffering and pain. The good news is that God is making a new heaven and earth for the saints devoid of evil, pain, or suffering.



  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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