The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9).
We know, as evidenced by the cross, that God cares about our pain and suffering-in fact He died of it. Jesus said He could ask the Father to send thousands upon thousands of angels to rescue Him from the suffering He was about to face. But He chose not to because that would defeat His whole purpose for being here-that God so loved us that He sent His only Son to die for us. And because of Christ's suffering, the cross, which has forever become a stumbling block to some, is the cornerstone of our faith.
Jesus, by taking pain and suffering upon Himself, in a sense dignified it. Jesus could have chosen to live any kind of life He desired, but He chose that of a suffering servant to the death. And even though Jesus died, His death became the greatest victory in the history of the world. Jesus accomplished, as only He could do, to reconcile mankind back to God. From the horrors and fears of that terrible day, God made it all into a day of triumph.
Christians are not immune from the sufferings of this world, just as Jesus was not. We are not promised we will never face the same sickness, death, heartache, or other tragedies which befall the ungodly. Instead, 1 Peter 2:21 says, "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps."