With an eye to Job, this article reckons with the question, where is God in your suffering? It discusses three truths about suffering: God doesn't promise to keep us from suffering, he doesn't promise earthly goods, and he works through suffering. So the article shows how we can find hope in suffering.
How can you make the best of your suffering? You can pursue certain means by which your faith may be strengthened. This article identifies several means, such as knowing God and his goodness.
How can you make the best of your suffering? This article suggests avoiding the temptation to succumb to idolatry—hanging contentment on Christ plus something. The article explains this by looking at possible idols from your past, present, and future. It issues the call to train ourselves to delight in all that Christ has done for us.
This article considers three ways we can waste our suffering, all of which have to do with our eyesight. Suffering exposes the nature of our trust, as in, how much or little we look to God. There are two common sources that weaken our faith: looking too much at the problem, and listening too much to our emotions.
This article offers nine reminders for Christians as we minister to those who are suffering. It brings Scripture to bear on the matter, urging great wisdom in how we speak to the suffering.
Do you battle to understand how God works suffering for your good? This article mentions eight ways he does.
What is the purpose of Acts? House gives a short survey of the approaches to the purpose of Acts, which helps us to see a number of main motifs of the book. The article wants to link the historical and theological aspects of the book. Five different functions of suffering and persecution in Acts are discussed.
Chapter 1 wrestles with the question why there is suffering at all. It first reflects on what suffering is. Next it unfolds the origin of human suffering by expounding on Genesis 3 and throwing light on the different contexts in which suffering is experienced. The chapter ends with questions for further reflection.
This chapter is about the mystery of suffering. In the Introduction the problem is stated, but not answered.
How can you help those who are suffering? What is needed to counsel those who are suffering is a theology of suffering. Such a theology considers who God is, the origins of suffering, the why of suffering, God's response to suffering, and the end of suffering.
What should a believer's reaction to suffering look like? This article discusses James' exhortation in James 1:2 which encourages Christians to rejoice in trials. This joy acts as a testimony to the world of the presence of the Lord Jesus in the believer's life. To withdraw and dwell in self-pity is to sin against God, who has blessed us with many things in this life and the next.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. Being a pilgrim is a result of being a follower of Christ. Like Christ, Christians must learn to face suffering (Peter 2:21). This article shows how Christians can follow in Christ's footsteps by submitting to suffering without being vengeful.
It is a given that, in one way or another, every Christian will face affliction for the sake of Christ. This is so because God’s hand directs such afflictions. This article shares way to respond in a godly way in times of suffering. Pride and the way it manifests itself causes one respond wrongly to affliction. However, humility and acknowledging God characterize a proper response.
This article shows that prosperity gospel has twisted God's word, and is actually not gospel at all since it promises what God did not promise. Working from Romans 5:3-5, the author shows that the true gospel message is suffering now and glory later. This was the pattern of Christ's life and this is the pattern of His followers, because through suffering God's works out in us the character which He desires.
An objection frequently raised against the existence of a good God is the existence of suffering and evil. This article shows that this objection has no grounds, because in scripture it is clear that evil and a good God do exist and that this existence is not incompatible. The author shows how through apologetics one can move from this objection to the heart of the gospel.
This article looks at the reasons God allows suffering. The author shows that suffering reveals our trust of Christ, convict us of sins, corrects us, and focuses our happiness on Christ.
The author of Hebrews understood the church to be the people of the wilderness. Therefore, he wrote his letter in order to exhort them to endurance, since as Christians remaining in the wilderness they should have expected suffering. This endurance can only come through Christ, by seeing His superiority, incarnation and superior offering, in keeping with the understanding of promise and punishment.
Suffering, though painful, has advantages. This article lists some of the advantages of suffering.
With a view towards Roman 3:1-8, Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:28-39, this article shows how understanding God as Lord, Saviour and Spirit is crucial to dealing with the questions around the evil and suffering in this world. This understanding helps to encourage believers to trust and rely on the righteousness and goodness of God.
The aim of this article is to provide some indication of the fruitfulness of exegetical study of one particular text, 1 Peter, for the counselor's task. It wants to motivate the counselor to integrate ever more completely the study of Scripture with pastoral care. The author discusses the Christian's position in this world, suffering, the church as household of God, and the task of elders.
A deeply distressed father sat for two weeks in a pediatric ICU, watching his three-year-old son slowly die. During those two weeks he read through, quite surprisingly, a book on the Gospel. He later wrote to me, “I want to say to you the Gospel really is for real life.” This article is about sin and the forgiveness of sin.
"We Christians are caught in a dilemma: it is captured succinctly by Amos: "Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?" (Amos 3:6). It is simply not an option for us to remove God from the context of evil and then suddenly invoke him when the sun shines". This article is about God and evil, suffering, the goodness of God and disasters.