I don't have the answer to that question, but was thinking about it this morning. A couple of friends have commented lately about how difficult it is to see children suffer. How difficult it is to reconcile what they are going through...cancer, genetic disorders, birth defects, so many things.
Anyway... here's my perspective. It may not be original, I haven't looked to see if anyone out there has made similar comments. So if I'm "copying" someone else, I apologize. It is not intentional. I believe in spiritual warfare. I believe that Satan wants nothing more than to attack us, destroy our faith in God, break us in every way possible. Is there any better way to accomplish this than through children?? They are innocent, they've done nothing to deserve pain and suffering. Even the hardest heart is touched by a child who sick.
When Satan targets a child, he targets more than just the individual. It involves family, friends, church, school, communities. People who don't even know the child can be called to action, advocacy, outreach, prayer. These situations unite and tear apart. They cause people to question their faith, their believe in a kind and loving Father God. And when this happens, Satan wins.
God doesn't guarantee an easy life. He doesn't promise answers to the pain and suffering, the injustice, the trials in this world. But what He does promise is that He will be with us during those difficult times. He asks us to believe that He can take the most horrific situation and bring about beauty because of it. And when we continue to trust and place our faith in God, when we continue to praise Him in the midst of the storm, Satan no longer has the ability to shake our foundation and he loses all power.
So, while I don't have the answer to why children suffer. I do know that I have a God who understands and stands by us at our darkest moments. He is constant. And He will sustain us when we can't comprehend the difficulties in life. That's just my perspective this morning - for what it's worth!!