A woman wrote recently to tell us how God used Ligonier teaching resources in her life. She has suffered from major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which were initially triggered by the extensive abuse she suffered as a little girl. The burden she has carried has been almost unbearable.
She wrote not to tell us about these dark times, but to explain how the Lord has used them to give her a deeper understanding of Himself and to enable her to minister to others. I was encouraged to learn that our resources on Christian suffering have been among the means God has used to minister healing to her in her depression and PTSD.
Perhaps you or someone you know is suffering greatly right now. If so, may this word encourage you: the Bible does not pretend suffering is itself a good thing, but it does promise that God sovereignly uses our suffering for our good. Our pain prepares us for "an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" (2 Cor. 4:17).
In a world full of profound tragedies, this message gives hope to believers, points unbelievers to Christ, and reminds us that the value of what we do is grounded in our extraordinary God and Savior, not ourselves.
It's so important to understand God's sovereignty over suffering that we are offering a special teaching package this month for your gift of any amount. When you support Ligonier, you will receive the 25th anniversary edition of my book Surprised by Suffering and the 12-part DVD teaching series Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by Ligonier Teaching Fellow Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.
In these resources, Dr. Sproul Jr. and I examine how suffering is a calling and a gift, and how Christ uses our affliction to conform us to His image and equip us for service. I believe you'll be especially blessed by my son's teaching, as I've seen God's gracious work in his life through the suffering he has endured over the past few years.
Your gift of any amount to Ligonier Ministries will put these resources in your hands, and it will support outreach through this resource-packed website, Renewing Your Mind radio, Tabletalk magazine, foreign translation, Reformation Bible College, and many other avenues.
Note: Offer expires 12/31/14. Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery after your gift is processed. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For federal income tax purposes, the deductible portion of your charitable contribution is limited to the excess of the money contributed over the value of the goods provided. Our good faith estimate of the value of this resource package is $50. Offer valid in U.S. and Canada only. Thank you for your support.