I realize that not all of those who follow this are suffering. But I am equally certain that everyone following this will likely suffer to varying degrees at some point. Paul tells Timothy this in II Tim. 3:12 – “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Romans 8:22-23 further explains that all of creation is groaning under the weight of our sin.
What’s my point?
You really should watch this video interview with R.C. Sproul Jr. as he explains what God has taught him about His sovereignty in his suffering. Whether you’re in the middle of difficulties now, you’re recovering from a deep valley, or you have one just around the corner, you will benefit.
Here’s a couple of nuggets that impacted me:
“Doctrine is life”
C.S.: “So, why do bad things happen to good people?”
R.C.S.: “Well, that only happened once, and He volunteered.”
C.S.: “How can christians come alongside those who are suffering and be an encouragement to them?”
R.C.S.: “Well, just some very practical counsel, people are afraid they’ll say something wrong and so they don’t say anything at all… A) Don’t be afraid, and speak the Word of God. Encourage them to believe God’s promises B) empathize with them just by sharing in their suffering, acknowledging it. C) Don’t underestimate the power of prayer.”