Suffering & Pain

Experiencing Suffering and the Love of God

Experiencing Suffering and the Love of God

My wife is laying on a hospital bed beside me recovering from surgery as I write. Twenty four hours ago, we were planning on waking up and celebrating our daughter’s one year birthday. Now, it’s seven at night and she’s trying to cope with the pain. It began at 2:30 a.m. for her: vomiting, stomach pain, cramps. Her pain built until 10 a.m. when we drove to the emergency room with our two daughters. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. she was in more severe, escalating pain—likely the most I’ve seen her in. Finally at 2:30 p.m. she was admitted into surgery. The diagnosis was appendicitis—and she’s pregnant, so her health and our son’s life is at stake. The surgery went well—to the praise of God, from the fruit of many’s prayers. But now she’s in recovery. Not the day we planned; but it was his. In it all, he was faithful still…

Who Do We Think We Are? Correcting God and Presuming We Know All

Who Do We Think We Are? Correcting God and Presuming We Know All

At the end of the book of Job—the story of the innocent suffering—the main character Job is charged with trying to “correct” God (Job 40:2, NIV). After reading the book through pretty swiftly, I read that verse and agreed that that was essentially what Job was doing much of the time. He was complaining, confused, and correcting and contending…

Through It All His Word Is Sure: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Silver Chair

Through It All His Word Is Sure: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Silver Chair

Where do we turn when we wobble, fall, and crash in the Christian life? Is God’s word sure enough to be our guide even then? Is his word trustworthy in the midst of all struggle and chaos? C.S. Lewis, in his forth novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair, uses the story to illustrate that God’s word is always true, even and especially when we ourselves are wandering away from him. In the story and through the character of Aslan, Lewis illustrates how God and his word are always trustworthy. Although we might slip, his word is faithful still…

Review and Quotes from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Review and Quotes from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis addresses the age-old question of how there can be suffering while God is all-powerful and still good. I would not say that he answers the question in the best way, nor that I agree with some of his basic assumptions. But nevertheless, as he’s thinking about the subject in the book, he gives some fantastic insights and thoughts. As a result, this book is totally worth reading. And as is typical of Lewis, as you read, I found myself thinking things I’ve never thought before and seeing reality from new angles…

4 Characteristics of Contentment

4 Characteristics of Contentment

 What is contentment? Is it actually possible? What does it look like (and not look like)? These are questions I have always wanted to dig deeper into. Who doesn’t want to know how to feel more constantly at peace and more consistently content? So, as a result, I have started reading Erik Raymond’s book Chasing Contentment. In this work, he leans on the Bible and other impactful church thinkers to help us see what contentment is…

A Three Point Christian Response to Disasters and Attacks

A Three Point Christian Response to Disasters and Attacks

Al Mohler, in his book Culture Shift, has a chapter in which he talks about how Christians should respond to disasters. Specifically, he is talking about natural disasters, but the principles hold for other disasters, such as terrorist attacks. Mohler offers us three biblical principles to keep in mind as we respond to such calamities…

When Our Bodies Fail Us

When Our Bodies Fail Us

There are numerous ways in which life is physically difficult. There is pain. There is sickness. Things just do not work right. Things break. Things deteriorate. The mind gets weaker. Health issues abound. As we all know, you cannot really express what it is like when you experience these things either. Maybe you have heard someone say that you don't know what it is like to have your nose clear until your nose is stuffy. Well, as we all know, there is a real truth to it, and the same applies to everything else.