HUMANS HAVE ALWAYS inquired into why God allows us to suffer. The volume of writing, spanning thousands of years, on what philosopher's call "The Problem of Evil" is testimony to the fact that we humans, regardless of our other beliefs, want to know why we suffer.
This past Sunday's reading from the Coptic Lectionary opens with a first-century question about suffering: "Who sinned? This man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
For Abba Dorotheos of Gaza, at least, the question of suffering is ultimately a question of trust:
If a man has a friend and he is absolutely certain that his friend loves him, and if that friend does something to cause him suffering and be troublesome to him, he will be convinced that his friend acts out of love and he will never believe that his friend does it to harm him. How much more ought we to be convinced about God who created us, who drew us out of nothingness to existence and life, and who became a man for our sake and died for us, and who does everything out of love for us?*
*Wheeler, E.P. Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings (Cistercian Studies Series, No 33)Cistercian Publications, 1977