Randy Alcorn's Blog: Suffering and Evil

God Wondrously Displays His Greatness When He Brings Good out of Bad

Sin and death, the Fall and the Curse, Satan and his demons, the Hell we deserve—what powerful obstacles for God to overcome. But the biggest obstacle was the satisfaction of His own holiness. For God to demonstrate His greatness, He had to overcome all these obstacles.

God Will Use Weakness and Failure to Build Your Faith

I’m sharing a guest blog today that is, to me, breathtaking and somewhat stunning. It won’t strike everyone as encouraging, perhaps, because it comes out of pain. However, I think it’s a bold and valuable perspective, one that we need to hear.

Lessons from the Book of Job

We share this in common with Job—God doesn’t specifically explain why He permits evil and suffering to fall upon us. He wants us to trust Him. In one sense, Job is everyman.

When Your Pain Makes It Hard to Say “It Is Well with My Soul”

I greatly appreciated these thoughts EPM staff member Shauna Hernandez recently shared about the loss of her mom and trusting God in grief. What she wrote is beautiful and powerful, and applicable to any who have suffered loss and pain.

No Persecution, Including Shootings, Will Silence the Church

Just as our fellow believers can’t be persuaded to abandon their faith because of persecution, such violence in our own churches won’t stop us from gathering and proclaiming and celebrating the Good News of Jesus. 

Trusting God When the Pain Seems Pointless

I’ve written nine novels. Suppose you could interview characters from my books. If you asked them, “Would you like to suffer less?” I’m sure they’d answer, “Yes!” I empathize with my characters. But as the author, I know that in the end all their suffering will be worth it, since it’s critical to their growth, and to the redemptive story.