Why would a loving God allow so much suffering?

In our current series, Unsettling Questions, we’re working through a few of life’s difficult questions. This week Chris is tackling the question: Why would a loving God allow so much pain and suffering? As humans with a limited perspective, this is a very natural question. Most of us ask it at one point or another.

The truth is, we don’t always know why. What we do know is that God promises His presence as we walk through those difficult seasons.

In addition to staying connected to God through prayer and Scripture and being a part of good community, we’ve found that it can be helpful to read and listen to the experiences and wisdom from other Christ-followers who have walked this road before us. While there are a lot of great resources on this subject, here are a few of our best recommendations:



Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem from 


Grief Resource

A talk like this can stir up memories of loss – and the accompanying grief that goes with it. When we personally encounter suffering or evil, it can be hard to know how to deal with grief.

Here is a blog post that might be helpful.

Surprised by Grief

Care Team

Here at Blackhawk, we have a care team that is gifted in coming alongside others who are walking through times of struggle, pain, fear, and vulnerability. You can find out more about how to connect with them here.


About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.