Today’s world seems filled with turmoil. Our personal lives seem full of stress and sorrow. We feel discouraged and increasingly without hope. Many feel like God has abandoned them. They wonder why God allows so much suffering.
The good news is God’s word has a lot to say us about grief and suffering. The articles listed below, from Today and our sister-ministry Groundwork, grapple with some of the questions people have about stress, suffering, and grief in hards times. They aim to encourage you that God has not left us alone, and indeed, he carries you through your hardest days.
By Christopher Hunt
We live in troubled times. Pick up a newspaper, or visit your favorite news website, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by stories of contentious politics, random violence, social discord, international terrorism, and other conflicts. If we add to this the trials of everyday existence―disease, divorce, job loss, wayward children, and too many other hardships to name―it’s no wonder so many people struggle with an increasing sense of hopelessness, even to the point of despair. In times like these, where can we find comfort? How do we deal with hopelessness?
» Read Dealing with Hopelessness
By Scott Hoezee
“Why do we suffer?” This is an age-old question that we all ask sooner or later. We may not be able to answer this fully for now but the Bible—and especially the Gospel—provides some very important guideposts for our thinking about this difficult question.
» Read Why Do We Suffer?
By Robin Basselin
In our darkest times, we may question whether God loves us anymore. In the story of Naomi we find reassurance that God does not, by any means, hate us, but instead is with us in our suffering, working to bring fullness out of our emptiness.
» Read Does God Hate Me?
By Christopher Hunt
Has God abandoned me? Many people have asked this question at some point in their lives. If you are saying to yourself “God has abandoned me,” you’re not alone. Let’s remember together his promise never to leave us, never to forsake us.
» Read Has God Abandoned Me?
By Courtney Jacob
Human suffering knows no boundaries. When our hearts ache with unbearable pain, when we feel utterly helpless, we cry out, “Why, God, why?” We may never feel like we get a clear answer, but in our suffering and lament God draws near and invites us to intimately encounter him.