Part 4, Why do good people suffer? June 27, 2021
Our Christian family friends have asked me to answer the question—why do good people suffer??
This third example is a true story in First Kings 14:1-18. Like other kings of northern Israel, King Jeroboam was evil. In verse 1, we are told his son Abijah fell sick. His mother was grieving Abijah would die. His father had only one choice to save his son’s life.
But there was a problem. The wicked king was afraid to show his face to Ahijah, a godly prophet. He was afraid the prophet would refuse him. Jeroboam told his wife, “Please arise and disguise yourself, that they might not recognize you as the wife of Jeroboam….” Ahijah knew this king turned his back on God and his prophet. She and her servants hurried with the dying son to the old prophet. He sent delicate foods as a bribe gift hoping the prophet would be willing to heal him.
God intervened and told Ahijah, “Here is the wife of Jeroboam coming to ask you something about her son for he is sick. Thus and thus you shall say to her; for it will be when she comes in, that she will pretend to be another woman.” Verses 6-12 list many charges God had again the king. The prophet gave bad news to Abijah’s mother. When you reach your city gate, he will die.”
All except one male in the family of wicked king Jeroboam were slaughtered by the southern army of Judah. Their carcasses were left to wild dogs and vultures. God himself struck down Jeroboam (2nd Chronicles 13:20).
Why would God take away the life of a good son?? Why did his mother have to suffer?
God gave His reason, a good one. “And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he is the only son of Jeroboam who shall come to the grave because of in him there is found something good toward the LORD God in the house of Jeroboam.” (1st Kings 14:13, 18). His personal faith in the LORD had to be “that something.” God gave Abijah a peaceful death and a royal funeral. His soul is in Heaven. Suffering a short illness was better than death on a battlefield.
THE ETERNAL IS SUPERIOR THAN TEMPORARY SUFFERING
Pastor Ed Anderson