Randy Alcorn's Blog: Suffering and Evil

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.

Hope and Perspective When We’re Dealing with Doubt

In times of doubt, difficulty, and trials, our fundamental beliefs about God and our faith are revealed. So how can Christians find faith in the midst of doubt? How can they trust God’s plan when their lives seem out of His control, and prayers seem to go unanswered or, sometimes it feels, even unheard?

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

No one has greater credibility to speak on this subject than Joni Eareckson Tada, who in July will mark the 50th anniversary of the accident that left her a quadriplegic.