God's Purposes in Our Suffering

God's Purposes in Our Suffering

We learn and grow through suffering, but there’s also a bigger picture.
Single Session Bible Study


When we face hardship, many of us take comfort in the thought that we'll grow and become better people for it. But is that always the ultimate reason for our suffering? Mark Galli writes in an article for Christianity Today that our suffering isn't always about us. There's a bigger picture, and sometimes we can't see the larger reasons behind our life's circumstances.

What is the purpose of suffering? Does it happen randomly? Does God send it or simply work through it? How does suffering demonstrate God's character? These are the questions we'll be asking and discussing in this study.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Job 42:1–6; Mark 1:9–13; 15:33–37; 2 Corinthians 1:3–7; 12:2–10; Philippians 3:7–11


• Identify the Current Issue

• Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Suffering is not random, but a purposeful part of a person's physical and spiritual life.

Teaching point two: Human suffering can be redemptive and promote holiness.

Teaching point three: God uses the experiences of sufferers to help them reach more deeply into the world he has made.

• Apply Your Findings

• Recommended Resources


Baptism + Fire, by Mark Galli (December 2004)

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