Lent Day 3 – The Uses of Suffering

Insights on From the Grave:A 40-Day Lent Devotional by A.W. Tozer

by Heather Novak – Director of Communications/Valpo FUMC

One of the hardest things to comprehend is how a loving and perfect God could allow pain and suffering. During Modern Moms this was the first question asked when we talked about God, Scripture, and Christian Life.

In todays’ passage I feel Tozer is simply saying we can bend our own suffering to honor God. When I answered the question that day in moms group, I said I liked the scripture passage Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

The example I used in my own life of God using suffering for good was when we had a miscarriage. Having two healthy children softens the blow, but my experience of it helps me lead our moms group. It gives me a tender underbelly of common pain and loss that brings me closer to other women. I’d rather not have that loss, of course, but long after it happened I do see how God uses all things for his good.