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How Suffering Changes Our Relationship With God

Tim Keller is really good at a lot of things, but he might be best at putting properly into words the very things we feel even if we don’t know how to adequately express them.

Here’s his take from Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering on why suffering pushes you closer to the Lord.

When times are good, how do you know if you love God or just love the things he is giving you or doing for you? You don’t, really.

This is true and something I am grateful for. You don’t. Not the way I grew up. Not with the life I’ve lived. But now I do because I’ve had the most vulnerable thing in my entire world taken from me.

This from the same chapter by a Scottish minister from the 1800s named George MacDonald was also terrific.

The Son of God suffered unto the death, not that men might not suffer but that their sufferings might be like His.

That is my prayer for today and always. That my sufferings might be like His.