In re-reading sections of the book of Job in the Bible, a couple of interesting perspectives on suffering jumped out at me.
One, Job questioned God in the midst of his suffering. His questioning and desire for a hearing before God (chapter 23) brought a later strong response from the LORD. Job wished to know where God had been in the midst of his multiple sufferings.
God responded with a strong rebuke in chapters 38-40 in asking Job where he had been when He created the very foundations of the world including his very unique animal kingdom.
Many times in suffering we want an answer from God by asking the wrong question: “Why.” God did not answer Job with a “why” but responded with “Who.” Can the creature successfully critique the Creator?
In chapter 40, Job repented for his contending with God. From there a series of events unfolded ushering forth repentance of Job, his friends and later restoration of Job, himself.
As with Job, could it be our suffering focus on the “why” has indeed clouded our understanding of the sovereign “Who?”