God doesn't create pain and suffering in this world. However, He is in control of the whole universe. He allows pain and suffering and makes it work for the good of His children.
If you are a Christian who is saved by the Grace of God, through faith in Christ, you need not and should not worry about suffering and pain in this life like the unsaved people. Why? Because you have something much greater than what a perfectly happy life on earth can offer. You have the Gift of Salvation and assurance of spending Eternal Life in Heaven.
God allows suffering and pain in the life of a Christian for the following reasons and many others beyond our understanding.
1) Suffering and Pain re-shape our character
2) Suffering makes us focus on God
3) Suffering reminds us that this is not our home. Our home is in heaven. We are just pilgrims and aliens in this world.
4) Suffering produces patience, endurance and other fruits of the Spirit
5) Suffering and Pain make us forsake our sinful habits and turn to God
6) Our hope amid suffering is a witness to the lost world.
7) We may suffer so that we can comfort those who go through similar pain.
God wastes no pain. He makes all things work for our good, if not for this life, definitely for eternity.
John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Romans 8:18 - For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
1 Peter 4:12-19 - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
Romans 5:3-5 - And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
1 Peter 5:10 - But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle [you].
Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Revelation 21:4 - And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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