I have written about embracing our suffering, but this woman does a much better job of explaining it. Please read the beautiful (and beautifully personal) way she writes about “Perseverance in Suffering.”
Has any time or season of suffering caused you to question or doubt God?
When this question was raised in my Bible study group it elicited powerful responses, stories of Cancer. Addiction. Murder. Depression. Suicide. Death. Rejection. Pain. Sadness.
My group is a pretty typical cross-section of American women who seem to have suffered extraordinary pain, but is such adversity really extraordinary? As I carried their stories with me through my week I realized that while I categorize suffering as the exception, all that hardship in one place suggests something different, and so does Jesus:
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Our first response to suffering is often to cry out, “Why?”,”Why me?” or more pointedly, “Why, God, are you allowing this to happen to me?” The Bible offers two causes of suffering:
- The first is as a natural consequence of living in a fallen world; it…
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