The Secret to Spiritual Growth: The Suffering Circle

As much as we might want to think otherwise, our greatest growth — both emotionally and spiritually — often takes place during and after times of trials and suffering. This marvelously insightful article explains how this works scripturally. From Pierce Taylor Hibbs………………..

The Secret to Spiritual Growth: The Suffering Circle

A Different Perspective on Pain and Suffering

In recent decades, people have expressed their difficulty in believing in God because of the presence of pain and suffering in the world. What is interesting is that these modern views are felt in the midst of some of the greatest wealth and material comfort that the world has ever known. Believers in the past did not have such struggles with suffering, perhaps because they recognized the sovereignty of God. Read more about this in this article from the Christian Post………………….

What the Apostle Paul Teaches Us about Suffering

God does not shield all believers from all suffering, but He is with us through our suffering, and He always remains in control! From Crossway…………………..

Would a Loving God Purposely Wound Us Through Trials?

If your child fell out of a tree and needed to get his broken arm set and put in a cast, would you do it, even though your child will cry and scream? Well, God is a wholly good Parent, and so sometimes we go through pain for a greater good. Another great article from Randy Alcorn (who knows a lot of suffering and trials personally!)…………………

https://www.epm.org/blog/2020/Aug/5/purposely-wound-trials?mc_cid=b324f0efb2&mc_eid=fd18009b74

Reaching for the Invisible God

The title, of course, comes from a book by my favorite author, Philip Yancey. Here is an excerpt he posted earlier today. So honest, yet so encouraging!

:: I’ve been writing about pain and suffering for four decades. In view of the current crises in our society, I’m posting a few relevant excerpts from my books:

In a discussion on “God’s will,” the theologian Leslie Weatherhead proposes that we picture a stream running down the side of a mountain. We can dam up that stream and prevent its flow toward the valley below, but only temporarily. The law of gravity requires that water at high elevation will eventually make its way down. Similarly, God’s ultimate will cannot be thwarted. Though human history with all its evils may place many blockages in the way, in the end these will be overcome. God will get his family back, on an earth restored to something resembling its original state.
On this planet, for this time, God allows us to be put in harm’s way. Buildings collapse, tectonic plates shift, viruses proliferate, evil people resort to violence. From what we know about the character of God, none of these things reflect his intentional will. Nor, if we believe God’s promises, do they reflect his ultimate will. In the meantime, though, the time in which we spend all our days on planet earth, bad things will happen.
In creation God works through matter. In redemption he acts through personality─through ourselves. In the face of tragedy, I can respond either by blaming and turning against God or by turning toward him, trusting him to fashion good out of bad. One option focuses on the past and closes off the future. The other option opens the future, allowing an Artist to use everything that happens as the raw material for a new story, different than it would have been without the tragedy or failure, but in some ways even richer, redeemed.