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God is all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing and above all, good. It’s the go-to answer that any child in Sunday school could repeat when asked who He is, but such a God seems hard to reconcile with a world so full of tragedies and misfortune. If He is so loving and just, why does He let us suffer? When we’re in the midst of hardship, it’s difficult to see anything but the current situation. God, however, has a plan. He’s using these difficult times to strengthen and grow us; our suffering is not in vain, but has a purpose that we cannot always see. When suffering occurs, it consumes us. We are unable to see how so much bad could possibly come from a good God, or how it could work together for our future betterment as the oft-quoted scripture verse states. And yet, when both time and hardship passes, our sight seems to clear. Many people can point back to a dark part in their lives and show you how from that they have grown as a person. Take for example Hugh Halter, a writer and speaker whose son was born with epilepsy. He wondered why God did not heal his son, even when he saw Him healing other people’s children of their afflictions. But over time, he saw how many lives his son had touched with his story and disability, how much good it had brought despite the suffering involved. God uses our suffering to bring about good in ways that we need time to see, or that we will be unable to see until we meet Him in Heaven.   When God created humanity, He gave us free will; but what is free will if we would never have a choice in the first place? So He put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden, so he allows suffering in the world. These hardships are what make us question Him, and when we question He answers. When Hurricane Sandy occurred in 2012, it took the lives of at least 149 people, millions were left without electricity and the damage caused was in the billions of dollars. And in the aftermath, people and organizations came together to help those in need. The organization AmeriCares supplied 6.3 billion in aid, Church World Services sent $480,000 of aid in the form of kits and blankets, Samaritan’s Purse worked with nearly 10,000 volunteers who cleaned up homes and streets in the aftermath of the storm, and that is just to name a few. It is suffering and hardship that allows people the chance to do good, to choose to help others and show their love, compassion and generosity. Similarly it is in times of hopelessness and despair that God can reveal His love, and that we in turn can best feel it. There is darkness and suffering in the world, and it seems strange that a good, loving God would allow such things to exist. But he does, and it is not because He is cruel or distant, but because He knows that through suffering we will grow closer to Him. Our suffering enables us to reach other people who are going through similar personal struggles and inspire them. These things are not apparent to us in the midst of our struggles, as evident in what 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”