It’s as counterintuitive as it is true: affliction is often the tool of liberation that God uses to usher us into the freedom for which we were made.
In a new video, Paul Tripp, Tullian Tchividjian, and Dave Furman explore the dimensions of divine grace available only in the crucibles of human suffering. “There’s nothing like suffering to reveal how small and needy you are,” observes Tchividjian, author of
Furman, pastor of Redeemer Church of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, shares from experience how a degenerative disease in his arms profoundly affects even the smallest parts of his life. As Tripp notes, God’s design in our pain enables us to look back and say: “He loves me enough to take me where I would have never wanted to go in order to produce in me what I never could have achieved on my own.”
Watch the full eight-minute video to hear these pastors discuss the violence of grace, theologians of glory, wimpy Westerners, and more.