9:30am – 11:00am
Location: 4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, California 90503Category: Women's Discipleship | Coordinator: Mona Galvez
Studying: Suffering is Never for Nothing by Elizabeth Elliot
The Terrible Truth
Where is God in our suffering? In this message, Elizabeth Elliot examines the terrible realities of tragedy and loss and considers how we can reconcile them with the truth of God's sovereignity and love.
Hard times come for all in life, with no real explanation. When we walk through suffering, it has the potential to devastate and destroy, or to be the gateway to gratitude and joy.
Elisabeth Elliot was no stranger to suffering. Her first husband, Jim, was murdered by the Waoroni people in Ecuador moments after he arrived in hopes of sharing the gospel. Her second husband was lost to cancer. Yet, it was in her deepest suffering that she learned the deepest lessons about God.
Why doesn’t God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will.
Suffering and love are inexplicably linked, as God’s love for His people is evidenced in His sending Jesus to carry our sins, griefs, and sufferings on the cross, sacrificially taking what was not His on Himself so that we would not be required to carry it. He has walked the ultimate path of suffering, and He has won victory on our behalf.
This truth led Elisabeth to say, “Whatever is in the cup that God is offering to me, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief along with the many more joys, I’m willing to take it because I trust Him.”
'Suffering is the gateway to joy'.
Elisabeth Elliot knows suffering. She and her husband, Jim, moved into an unreached village, only for Jim to lose his life soon after arriving.
This never-before-published message is Elisabeth Elliot's last teaching on suffering, a subject with which she was deeply acquainted. In her final book, Elliot describes how it is often through the deepest suffering that God teaches us the deepest lessons. As we trust Him through our trials, we come to a greater affirmation of His love and sovereignty.
Women's Discipleship meets every other Saturday morning at 4400 Del Amo Blvd (between Anza & Hawthorne Blvd). Park in the lot and walk around the building to the right - walk inside the double entry door and the event is held in the classroom just inside entry door to the right. See you there!