The Bigger Picture: Why do we suffer?

The Bigger Picture: Why do we suffer?

After my breakdown in 2012 I have spent the past few years researching the concept of suffering from a Christian Worldview. To be honest I found very few books that seemed to have a balanced perspective on this topic.


Last month I read a book by Richard Winter called When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression. I would highly suggest this book to anyone. When he gets to a section on suffering he had a list of 5 reasons why we suffer. To be honest this was the best perspective I have found. Again for people reading this is from a Christian Worldview or perspective. He talks about looking at the bigger picture in why we suffer.

1. We are caught up in a fallen world and deeply affected by it

2. We live with the affects of others sins

3. Our own sinful nature

4. We are also told that “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world” Eph. 6:12

5. God’s Discipline

As Christians we can then use our stories for HIS Kingdom and HIS Glory.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

About The Author

Brett Ullman

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders, and parents on topics including parenting, mental health, sexuality, pornography, men, dating and media. Brett's seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.

1 Comment

  1. Barb

    Thanks for the reminder. I spend so much time trying to figure out how to avoid doing it wrong. I need to spend more time thanking God for his forgiveness.


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