Category: The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet

Recommended Reading on Suffering and God’s Sovereignty

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been discussing suffering and justice, and what that means in light of God’s sovereignty. In our world today, many people have a skewed view of what justice is and God’s role in bringing that about. So many people are also confused as to how our suffering fits into a universe where God is sovereign over everything. With this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, it was our hope that readers would grow, not only in their understanding of how God’s love and justice are not opposites, but work together in all things. If you’ve found this subject interesting and want to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below. These books are at the top of this genre in both excellence and readability. Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering by Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton Suffering and the Sovereignty of God edited by John Piper Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards (1754) The Doctrine of God by John Frame (P&R, 2002) How Long, O Lord: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson (Baker Academic, 2006) A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The...

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Four Powerful Outcomes of Sharing Your Pain with the Church

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Churches are filled with people who are, and will be, experiencing hurts and disappointments in life. Jesus promised we would experience troubles in this world, but to take heart, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Pain and suffering are marks of living in a fallen and broken world. We all know the reality of trials in our heads, but we tend to deny that reality in our hearts. People must be disciplined and shepherded towards a healthy theology of pain and suffering, or we create vulnerable Christians. One of...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain, and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God’s word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God’s word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life,...

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Take a Step Back in Suffering

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet The Westminster Shorter Catechism famously answers, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” This is to be the single greatest controlling influence in our lives. I confess that it is easy to talk about glorifying God and enjoying Him when things are going well and life is pleasant. I never have to tell my children to have a good attitude when we are eating ice cream together! It almost seems natural. For the Christian, it is natural to glorify God when things are going well. It...

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The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Biblically speaking, to be just means to use your strength on behalf of the weak. Justice most certainly includes an overall “fairness”, truth, integrity, honesty and refusing to show partiality. But the essence of justice goes beyond that. The essence of justice is that those with greater authority and influence are to use their stronger position in service of those who are in a weaker situation. Helping those in a “weaker situation” might mean helping those suffering from poverty or sickness or some other harm, but it doesn’t have to...

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