God is not responsible for our pain. God sustains us through it, through these hardships. I refuse to believe that God is the author of my pain and grief. 1 John 1:5 "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all."
He does not tempt anyone with evil. That's the work of the enemy...
What God does is turn these things around for our ultimate good. It takes faith, to see it that way.
I have come to believe that God IS the author of my pain and grief, because He is the author of EVERYTHING (John 19:10-11, “So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.”) The authority to do evil was GIVEN to Pilate by God. God sacrificed His own son! He killed Jesus! I don’t think God merely looked away while Satan nailed Jesus to a cross, He PLANNED it!
My faith comes in when I stop seeing pain and sorrow as evil. If I just shift the blame from God to the Devil, I’m still angry over my circumstances. I still see my situation as wrong. But 1 Thess. 16-18 says “Rejoice ALWAYS, pray without ceasing, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I should be thanking God for my pain! All I write and all my victory is because Lyme was a GIFT to me. It changed my life, it brought me closer to God is ways I couldn’t imagine. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17) If my suffering is a gift, then it is FROM GOD!
Again I’ll defer to Joni on this one, here is the video I love so very much https://youtu.be/2tevdhfzji4
I will also share on of my favorite excerpts from Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place”: