Not Exactly a Walk in the Park

The God of the Christian faith is one that claims to be sovereign over everything. When the obvious deduction is made that He must therefore be in control of pain, suffering and disaster people tend to doubt the goodness of such a god, the existence of a god and the intellect of his believers. The believers of this God see hurt and pain as part of their existence and accept the reality of the temporary grief as if they see it from another vantage point – the Christian view of suffering.

How does Christians see suffering? From the blog post Nine Good Purposes in Our Suffering, Rebecca Stark shows nine purposes in the suffering of believers. All of the purposes are taken from scripture:

  1. Suffering works to advance the gospel. Acts 11: 19-21
  2. Suffering spurs other believers to keep trusting in Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:10-12 
  3. Suffering shows our weakness, demonstrating Christ’s power in us. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  4. Suffering teaches us to trust God and not our own abilities. 2 Corinthians 1: 8-9
  5. Suffering shows genuineness of our faith. 1 Peter 1: 6-7
  6. Suffering produces righteousness in us. Hebrews 12:7, 11; Romans 5:3-4; James 1:2-3 
  7. Suffering makes us value and long for what is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  8. Suffering brings us heavenly reward. Romans 8:17-18
  9. Suffering give us the ability to comfort and encourage others in their suffering. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

Consider reading The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis or Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper should you want to know more about the Christian perspective of suffering.

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3 Responses to Not Exactly a Walk in the Park

  1. Johan says:

    Great post. Thanks Cobie!

  2. Cobus van Rooy says:

    Plesier Johan!

  3. Pingback: Resources for Romans 8:17 - 18

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