The Soveriegnty of God in Suffering

I’ve been watching a video series by R.C. Sproul Jr. titled Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, or as I have titled this post, The Soveriegnty of God in Suffering, which is also how Sproul refers to it at one point in the series. Below are some of the quotes that I pulled out today.

[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]What possible reason would God have for war, for hurricanes, for cancer for divorce? Surely there can be no good reason for this…

My inability to understand to think of a good reason why God would do this is zero evidence that there can be no good reason why God would do this.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]God is under no obligation to answer my questions.[/blockquote]
[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]What ever we suffer on this side of the veil is less than what we deserve.[/blockquote]
[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]Satan is not the lord of suffering, God is.[/blockquote]
[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]In the book of Job why did God allow what came to pass? The strange truth friends is because in part God made a wager with Satan. I don’t know how you can read this book and escape that conclusion
The reason why, is because God was glorified in how Job remained faithful how he exhibited character and how he trusted God throughout this trial.[/blockquote]
[blockquote align=”left” variation=”mossgreen”]One of the key reasons why God creates calamity, why he sends suffering in our lives is to help us grow in grace and to help us become more like Jesus. He sends suffering because He is more interested in us becoming holy than He is in us being happy.[/blockquote]

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

2016-10-31T07:39:01-04:00 December 23rd, 2013|Categories: Being Fed|1 Comment

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  1. rheba kelley December 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    What a mystery this all is. I agree with Dr. Sproul’s take except for the last idea that God is more interested in us being holy than happy. If you define happy as being comfortable, getting what we want, being in circumstances we would easily choose, then, sure. But this sounds so cold, that holiness is over happiness, as if God isn’t interested in our having joy, only in making us holy. I know that I am simplifying this terribly, and if I thought about it long enough I would probably agree more heartily with the statement.

    I think most of all, God wants us to know Him, and know we are known by Him. Holiness is a by-product of that process, as are all the fruits of the Spirit. Seeking to know Him can only bring us deep joy and peace. Part of that is accepting all the different circumstances that arise in my life with grace and trust. I will have a lot more happy than if I fight them, or if I imagine how much more holy I will be next week if I bear up under the suffering.

    I’m not a theologian. I firmly believe that God has a plan and he works it out in everyone’s life, and He means only our good. I don’t understand a lot about how this works. But if I thought that holiness is the most important goal, I don’t think I could bear up. I probably need to adjust my thinking on that. For right now, the best plan seems to be to spend as much time with Jesus as I can, simply because I love Him and He loves being with me, and holiness will become deeper in my life.

    If you have it in you, I would love to hear more about how you resonate with this bit of Sproul. It is a hard saying, but also very freeing.

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