Purpose of Suffering

  • Oct. 11, 2013
  • #

I remember the time my friend Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, asked me a tough question. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. And I remember the time my friend Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, asked me a tough question. He looked down at his twisted arms and legs in his wheelchair and said, “What possible purpose could there be in my suffering?” I told Charlie that his question really couldn’t be answered in a single conversation, or even in a book. That’s because the answers that are designed by God – and yes, even the purpose – has to be lived out in order to grasp the full understanding of the Lord’s plan. And that takes time and it takes trust. Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything; even a time for understanding. So if you have questions about your suffering, remember those two words “time and trust.” Keep trusting in God, friend; believe in His promises; act on His Word; live out your faith. And in time… you will understand the heart of God in every one of your hardships.

Have You Been Encouraged?

  • Your email address will not be published with your comment or be displayed anywhere on our website.
  • We do not rent or sell your personal information to other companies or individuals.
  • For more information please see our privacy policy.