Randy Alcorn says God has a purpose in our suffering. We don’t always see that purpose this side of heaven, but it doesn’t negate that truth. On this edition of Live the Promise we hear from Randy about his new book, If God is Good. We also talk with author and evangelist Ray Comfort about God’s presence in our trials.

Randy shares what he’s learned about suffering and trusting in God in the valleys of life.

“By God’s grace I had the experience of contemplating His attributes … that was huge to me. It’s fine for us to ask the [why] question – I think we make the mistake when we fail to listen to His word for the answers.”

Randy calls us to,

“put our ear to God’s Word” when we’re wrestling with difficult times, whether they come from our own sinful choices or from spiritual warfare. “God is above Satan, over Satan, even uses the things Satan does to bring about the ultimate good of His children.”

Randy acknowledges the mystery involved in the sovereignty of God but calls us to believe it and trust in it.

“If you ever lose perspective, as we all do from time to time, sit down and just contemplate the words of God to Job – ‘Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?'”

Evangelist Ray Comfort has addressed the book of Job in his recent title, God Speaks: Finding Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness. He says,

“I’m not God, so when I come to God I don’t demand anything of Him. If you come to Him in humility you say ‘Not my will, but yours be done.’ God never gave Job a reason. He’s not given an explanation and faith doesn’t require one… I saw that Job is a type of Christ. Jesus was struck with everything and suffered more than any man, and yet He was restored to His former glory afterward.”

Key Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Job 38

Theme Song: God of Angel Armies by Chris Tomlin

Highlight : Suffering vs. evil

If God is good…

This program has been pre-recorded.