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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Pain Problem

Perhaps the problem of pain and human suffering is, philosophically at least, one of the biggest reasons that people resist the sovereignty of God. You know the cunundrum: "Why would a loving God allow this to happen?"

Much has been written about this vexing question (and my title alludes to C.S. Lewis's The Problem of Pain). It is a question that one can sort out in doctrinal theory and feel at peace with the answer, but then, hit with a fresh bout of suffering and anguish, the problem seems to grow new dimensions and need examination again. My extended family is suffering right now, grieving the loss of a thirty-three year old cousin. So when I saw John Piper's comments about pain on his Desiring God blog (posted July 14), it struck me as very timely. Check out "Why God Doesn't Fully Explain Pain".
Are you reading God's Word daily this summer?

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