Resources: suffering

Readers' Responses to If God Is Good

By Multiple Readers | March 23, 2010
I am a pastor in Mississippi. Six years ago today our son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. I tell people often that if it was not for that sickness in my child I never would have discovered what it means to have an eternal perspective. If God is Good means the world to my wife and I. —C.A.

Readers' Responses to If God is Good Booklet

By Multiple Readers | May 16, 2011

I am currently going through a season of renewed suffering after a brief respite in the midst of many years of intractable pain...and frankly was struggling to accept God's purposes in allowing my suffering to be reintroduced in my life. I found comfort in this booklet as well as some chagrin that I had even questioned the purposes and wisdom of our amazing God.

A Story of Eternal Perspective

By Aggie Hurst | February 18, 1986
Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo.

Suffering Prepares Us to Rule

By Randy Alcorn | July 3, 2013
Believers often wonder about the connection between suffering and being the heirs of God, which Paul talks about in Romans 8:16-17. Randy addresses this by pointing out that a spoiled prince turns into a tyrant king. In contrast to this, suffering in this life prepares us to rule with grace and mercy in the life to come. Randy emphasizes that though we will be made perfect (free of sin) in Heaven, we will not suddenly lose all the growth and refinement we went through on earth. Our life here prepares us for Heaven. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class, available at

This World is the Exception, Not the Rule

By Randy Alcorn | October 8, 2010
In this two and a half minute clip, Randy Alcorn talks about coming to grips with the evil and suffering in this present world in the context of a larger Christian worldview.

To Those Who Are Hurting and Confused

By Randy Alcorn | February 11, 2010
What, after all, is more universal to human experience than suffering? And what is more important than the perspective we bring to it?