Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The main point of Genesis 3 is this: God has ordained suffering! It is a result of his curse. Suffering is not something outside of his dominion or beyond his control. But also note here that suffering is not merely punitive. It is also redemptive. Suffering is not God’s vindictive bashing of humanity for its disobedience; it is God’s means of restoring rightness to his creation and rescuing us from the evil situation we produced for ourselves.
Dan G. McCartney, Why Does It Have to Hurt?, p. 10.