When you read through the Bible, you can see that God hates suffering. Jesus spent much of his life relieving people's illnesses and hurts. He calls us to do the same: to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, take care of widows and orphans and visit those in prison. So why doesn't our all-powerful God get rid of suffering? Popular author and speaker Joni Earechson Tada has spent most of her life studying and helping people make sense of suffering from God's perspective. 8.5 x 5.5 inch pamphlet fits inside most Bibles. Full-color, glossy panels, unfolds to 38 inches.
God's Hand in Our Hardship Pamphlet
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This review is from: God's Sovereignty: God's Hand in Our Hardship pamphlet by Joni Eareckson Tada (Pamphlet)
The pamphlet, Ã¢ÂÂGodÃ¢ÂÂs Hand in Our HardshipÃ¢ÂÂ by Joni Eareckson Tada is a very thought-provoking tool to use as a beginning discussion to many individuals suffering from various issues in life. Specifically I can utilize it as I speak with individuals infected with HIV regarding GodÃ¢ÂÂs involvement in their journey. Tada discusses GodÃ¢ÂÂs role in the suffering of His people and how suffering can occur from a loving God which many people grapple with; especially individuals who were infected while they were following GodÃ¢ÂÂs commands in their life.
Tada discusses the reasons that God does not eradicate suffering or even heal those who are suffering from illness not due to their own behavior. I have been asked many times why God doesnÃ¢ÂÂt just heal those who are infected with HIV, which God could do if He desired. Tada answered this question with a hard but true answer: Ã¢ÂÂIf God were to eradicate suffering from the world, he would have to get rid of sinnersÃ¢ÂÂsuffering is inextricably linked to our rebellion against God back in the garden. But God does not want to obliterate sinners; he wants to save themÃ¢ÂÂ.
How about those who are already Ã¢ÂÂsavedÃ¢ÂÂ? Tada discusses some hard questions and provides hard biblical answers. Ã¢ÂÂThere is hidden mercy here! By tasting suffering in this life-hellÃ¢ÂÂs splash-over-people are driven to ponder what may face them in the next life. In this way suffering may be our greatest mercyÃ¢ÂÂ. Tada explains that suffering reminds us that it is a Ã¢ÂÂheaven to be reached for ChristÃ¢ÂÂs sake, and a hell to be avoidedÃ¢ÂÂ. Instead of looking at who we are in our own standards we need to view who Christ is and His standards; He is the measuring stick.
Tada who is a quadriplegic after a diving accident discusses what good can come from suffering. I believe she is qualified to speak on this subject because it is from an authentic point of view. Tada reflects on Apostle Paul who went through various sufferings and delighted in his weakness because of his relationship with Christ (2 Cor. 12:10). God allows events to occur in life for our benefit and His glory; Satan can only do what He allows.
Finally, Tada has a list of the good that can come from our suffering which I love because there is always a benefit-finding component in our sufferings. As Tada says, Ã¢ÂÂsuffering pushes us to let go of the sins that Christ suffered to forgiveÃ¢ÂÂ.
I recommend using this pamphlet especially for individuals as a beginning discussion piece in small group study.
February 22, 2014
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September 16, 2013