Resources on Suffering

How God makes sense of your chaos
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 3, 2020

Two little boys were on a field trip with their class to an art gallery to see an exhibit of modern art. They happened by a painting, and as they looked at it, they could see there was a nose over in one corner and an eye in the other corner, and it was all confused. So one little boy turned to the other one and said, “Don’t you think we’d better get out of here before they say we did it!”

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If God is good, then why suffering?
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 26, 2019

There are times in life when we just have a hard time understanding “why.” I think about a friend I have who lost a child in a tragic accident. I think about those who are sick and hungry around the world with little hope for relief. Yet others whom we see as less innocent seem to prosper.

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What do you do when life gets hard?
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 20, 2019

Like it or not, suffering is a required course in God’s curriculum. He had one Son who was without sin, yet suffered. So why should we live life thinking we should be exempt from suffering? It is impossible to pass through this life as a believer without passing through dark valleys.

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Caught in the crossfire
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 2, 2019

You and I will never be immune to the trials and suffering that come with living in this world because we live in a world that is in pain. We live in a world that is cursed and contaminated by sin.

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The Stewardship of Suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 2, 2019

One of the most eventful experiences in nature is the emergence of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Of course, we know that caterpillar in the cocoon struggles, and in the process of the struggle, he comes out of that cocoon and spreads his wings and flies as a beautiful butterfly. 

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God comes near in times of suffering
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 12, 2018

“I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

—Revelation 1:9

John is the human author of the Revelation. And since his most famous book had been written, it had been sixty years since John the Disciple had seen Jesus after the resurrection and ascension. When he wrote the Book of Revelation, you would think it was time to check into the retirement home and have a nice rocking chair into heaven. But that’s not true for John.

Despite his age and faithfulness, John was exiled, banished, and persecuted for his faith on this Isle of Patmos, a place of extreme depravation and desperation.

Maybe you’ve discovered that you’re on a personal Patmos journey; that you are lonely, limited, and isolated. You may be living on an island of an unhappy marriage or the island of an unhealthy body, and shut out from family and friends. Perhaps you are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel.

The Bible says all who live in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. And there should be at least opposition if we’re standing firm in our faith for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, there is tribulation but we are not alone on our personal island of Patmos! You may be in a hospital room or a nursing home. You may be in prison. You may be old and tired and feeling like the whole world has forgotten you. But you are not alone if you are in Jesus.

In our greatest trials we know that God comes very near, and we can experience His presence...

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The providence of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 3, 2018

Have you ever felt like God had you in “wait” training? Well, God puts a premium on patience and perseverance where you and I are concerned.

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By Dr. Jack Graham | June 6, 2010