The suffering we as humans endure is self inflicted. I do not believe He takes pleasure in it. In fact, I believe it saddens Him greatly. In giving humans free choice, sometimes we choose wrong. But, we can always change our minds
I find that statement hard to swallow. What could a child with cancer or some other hideous affliction possibly have done to bring in on itself? There is simply too much suffering among what are clearly innocents to believe that it was all self inflicted, and an omnipotent God could, of course STOP the suffering with a simple thought. As to free choice, if God is omniscient, free choice is only an illusion since God KNOWS what the outcome will be from the beginning of time, thus the outcome (and the choices that lead you there) are pre-ordained.