You read the title right, suffering can be good.
We all know suffering is a terrible thing and many atheists use the problem of suffering as an argument to disprove the existence of God.
I am currently reading On Guard by Dr. William Lane Craig which is an excellent apologetic book. A topic he covers is the problem of suffering. Now he gives many fantastic points on the topic but one of my biggest takeaways is how suffering can draw us closer to God. It makes us rely more on Him and we appreciate our blessings. You can see this in how many of the nations who suffer the most turn to Christ more than the nations who live in prosperity. The Gospel is exploding in countries that suffer.
Which means suffering can be good because it draws us closer to the One who is good, God Himself.
Remember this and also that our suffering is only temporary.
As it says in 1 Peter 5:10, “10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Stay strong in the faith, and as always…
Have a Blessed Week,
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Isaiah 43:16-21
Tuesday – Psalm 126
Wednesday – Philippians 3:4b-14
Thursday – John 12:1-8
William Lane Craig on Suffering:
Bible Verses on Suffering:
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision: