Randy Alcorn's Blog: suffering

It’s Not Only Athletes: What Platform Has God Given You?

By Randy Alcorn | February 3, 2017
Many vocations are more important than baseball or football or any other sport, which for most athletes last only a short portion of their adult lives. But regardless of what vocation or position or role in a family God gives us, when God gives His people a platform to stand on, and a voice that can be heard, He expects them to represent Him faithfully.

Being Sensitive in Sharing Scripture with the Suffering

By Randy Alcorn | January 16, 2017
Think of God’s truths like tools. Don’t use a hammer when you need a wrench. And don’t use either when you need to give someone a hug, a blanket, or a meal—or just weep with them.

God Is Still Sovereign, Even When the Diagnosis Is a Birth Defect

By Stephanie Anderson | December 9, 2016
In an earlier blog, Stephanie Anderson, on our Eternal Perspective Ministries staff, told the story of her disabled son Isaiah who died before his birth. Here Steph speaks of her beloved sister Tricia, who had a different disability. When she speaks of God’s sovereignty in birth defects, she speaks with an extraordinary amount of experience and insight.

Joni Eareckson Tada on Suffering, Sorrow, Wheelchairs and Eternal Gratitude

By Joni Eareckson Tada, Randy Alcorn | November 7, 2016
Jesus promised that in Heaven, those who endured difficult things on Earth would be comforted for them (Luke 16:25). The comfort implies memory of what happened. If we had no memory of the difficult things, why would we need comfort? How would we feel it?

Grateful for the Wait

By Randy Alcorn | August 22, 2016
God “has set a day when he will judge the world with justice” (Acts 17:31). But why a future day of judgment?

God’s Sovereign Grace in Timbuktu

By Randy Alcorn | August 3, 2016
We won’t all, in this life, meet someone whose story will suddenly shed light on God’s purpose in our loved one’s suffering or death. But I think most of us will have that very experience one day on the New Earth.