EP14 | Making Sense of Suffering in Light of Eternity

We are so excited to be back after an impromptu break from podcasting over the past month or so. The reason? We’re expecting another baby! Between “book launch burn out” and first trimester, it was time to rest.

This week on the Embracing a Simpler Life podcast we are tackling an incredibly difficult topic: suffering. In fact, suffering is the thing that stands between many people and faith in God, because they don’t understand how a good God could allow it. At the very least, most of us wrestle with this and struggle to understand. We do.

While we don’t have all the answers, we have found some handles to help us process suffering through eternal perspective. We have some thoughts and many scriptures we’d like to share with you.

Join us as we consider:

  • How does this life measure up to eternity?
  • What are the good fruits that come from suffering?
  • What does it mean to have hope?

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Scriptures Referenced

John 16:20-22, “…A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Revelation 21:2-4, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


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