Read (from the New Living Translation)

Job 1:20-21

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”

Go Deep

Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most beloved songwriters. But he has gone through more suffering than you may realize. He shares his story and what he calls “the best medicine” for seasons of suffering in today’s video.


“What I found to be… the most important way to respond to suffering, the reason I’m sitting here in this chair still talking as a person of faith and probably still breathing… is because worship is the response to suffering that has kept me and my family moving forward… We all know the song “Blessed Be Your Name.” 

“You give and you take away” comes from Job. I think Job taught me more about suffering than anyone in that one phrase. “God, I’m gonna bless your name even though I don’t understand the pain in my life right now… I’m gonna choose to trust you. I’m gonna choose to worship you. That you are God this. I’m gonna drop my anchor in your promises…” It ultimately comes down to, at least it has for me, to just saying, “God, I trust you. I’m gonna worship you as God… when I don’t know what else to do or say…”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Perseverance – Amazingly, through all of his intense suffering, Job worshiped God! The key is that Job continued to trust in the sovereign God, even when there was no explanation for his great suffering. True worship does not depend on our feelings or our physical condition; it is rooted in our faith in a loving God (Rom 8:28).

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    • Profile photo of TriniluvPack

      I have not had to endure suffering in a while, at least not in the sense of loss or sickness, but the test and trials I am encountering currently, I know that I can use these great words of wisdom of worship God in the midst of everything. No matter what, worship Him and give him praise and thanksgiving. Amen!!!

  1. Profile photo of Tryp

    God is more interested in one’s character than one’s comfort for one’s comfort will not bring one a strong character a strong character will bring One comfort.

    • CB

      Yes, God is more about building character and He allows discomfort often times to develop character in us……for we are sinners in a fallen world, yet while still sinner’s He came and redeemed us. In our suffering we are given opportunity to testify, just like Job and oh how glorious his story unfolds. Anger towards God will not change anyone’s suffering, only expand it….enter into His rest…..wait upon the Lord.

  2. Sherry

    Thank you for this reminder. During down times, it’s too easy to loose sight of this truth. Always praise God, through all things!

    • ann drane

      Thank you all for these words of life and comfort.I have gone thru a 4 year battle with cancer and still in it. Been angry, asked why me, all those things. Thanks for the thoughts. Please pray for me thru this trial/battle. Thanks

      • K

        Ann, may the power of the Holy spirit be with you, bring comfort & peace to you now! Father wrap Ann up in Your loving arms, bring healing to her soul. In Jesus name, AMEN!
        Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
        God bless you, rest in knowing God is with you!

      • Alison

        Praying for you !

  3. Profile photo of Unathi

    There is so much to learn in the area of suffering. There was a time when I was going through some persecution. Two people very close to me were behaving toward me in an inappropriate way. I was reading God’s word every day and kept seeing the same theme of loving your enemies, praying for them. And I found many reasons to convince myself I was right to hold them in judgement. But, I felt I had to kind of convince God. I was yelling at Him, “You see how they’re treating me! They SAY they’re Christians, but look what they’re doing!” God surprised me. He responded, deep inside, saying, “I’m not so concerned with how they’re treating you, but are YOU being Jesus to THEM?” He knew that I understood I’d been called to imitate Christ and become holy as He is, AND I’d been called to suffer as Christ had suffered. God was concerned with my growth, not with my comfort. He gave me the impression that He would deal with the issues in their hearts, just like He was dealing with me. It wasn’t my job to “put them in their place”. God knows. He knows hearts. He knows the whole story from end to beginning. He knows the solution. He knows what is truly important. He’s the best at knowing these things whereas we are limited in our humanity to see and understand. So, when we suffer, we may get frustrated and angry, but if we come to God with our frustrations and anger and questions, He is faithful to help us. He might not answer ALL our questions, but we can be assured of His love and good plans for us. He’s promised that. He is worthy to be praised, in all situations.

    • Profile photo of Jennifer Boyd

      This was so powerful! Praying for my “enemies” is so very hard but your words about God working on your heart as he was working on theirs was truly eye opening! Thank you:)

    • Asher

      Unathi, praying and being Jesus to my enemies is really tough, and I definitely know where you’re coming from! I’ve always been frustrated when people compare and judge me when they only see on the outside, so we should try not to do the same to them. Thank you for sharing! 😊

    • Brenda

      Thank you for sharing. The Lord knew I needed to read the words you wrote.

    • Profile photo of Skilgore

      Thank you for sharing Unathi! I needed to read this as well.

    • Alison

      Amen! Thank you for this !

  4. Denise

    Worship and trust in God

  5. Profile photo of Tstone

    Love this message. Praising and trusting in God is the only thing that can bring you through anything you face. We think we can do it on our own and we simply cannot. I feel for the lost. The hopelessness they must feel especially in times of grief. Without Jesus to lean on I would be hopeless. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace and love.

  6. Profile photo of Suzie Godfrey

    Leaving my “Feelings” out of my view of Gods truth is very hard to do. I hope to get to the place where i can view life through the TRUTH instead of my feelings. My feelings are not always where they should be but they are not where they used to be, so there is progress.

    • Profile photo of MichelleK

      Suzie, I completely relate. I’m a very extreme feeler and actually believe God made me that way as empathy is one of my strengths. However, I REALLY struggle praising God through the storms of life. Just being honest. Definitely need to allow God to work in that area!

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    I am going threw a divorce right now. I have been with my wife for 15 years. I truly thought i was going to grow old with her. For the past 9 months i have seen that the only thing that matters to her is possessions & how much money she will get from the sell of our home. The only thing i care about is that the woman i love & my 18 year old stepdaughter daughter that i called my own will be out of my life for ever in just 60 days. I do not care who gets the table or bed. All i care about is i will not get to see them every morning or when i go to bed. There is no amount of money or possessions that can take the place of the people you love. I just want my family not the possessions. We need to stop judging our happiness from Facebook and Mr & Miss Jones. We need to see that people are what should be loves not vacations & new cars.

    • Charmell Carr

      I’ve been a single mom for 14 years now and can remember my ex-husband wanting the material part of life. I was raised in a simple but humble home and I’m raising my kids that way. It is hard watching someone you love become part of the world when God wants us to be set apart from it. Jeremiah 29:11…He sees you, He hears you, and He loves you my friend. You’re in my prayers. God Bless.

    • Teepee

      Chip, Only Jesus can get you through this. Go honestly before Him. Pour out your heart to Him as David did. (Ps 69 and 51) God knows how you feel,but He wants to hear it from you. As you do, He will change your lament to praise.
      I was married 29 years and am now divorced. I, too,made a covenant till death do us part. I cried out to Him. He showed me Ps 40:1-3. This and several other verses He washed over me are slowly healing my broken heart. Jesus promised us in John 16:33,”you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
      Ps 73:17, “till I entered the sanctuary of God, then I understood.”
      Healing will not come overnight, but He will show you His ever present love with every step you take with Him. I will be praying for you.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        Thank you so much for your kind words Teepee! Way FM has really helped me. They do seem to play the song when i need it. God reached out and gives us support in the ways we best understand him.

    • Profile photo of David Keough

      There are few things in life that cause this ache within us. My Divorce finalized in Feb of this year… 7 years of my life. I wasn’t a saint by any means… I will be the first to admit that I am just a broken vessel in need of the hands of the Potter. I uprooted myself from California and moved everything I owned to Tennessee. Nearly ended up homeless in the process. Ended up ‘separated’ and living over an hour away in a different city. Isolated and alone for the better part of a year and a half I ended up cheating… its embarrassing and shameful, but its honest. The pain I was in was too much for me to handle on my own. I didn’t have a church to support me… She decided she was ready to divorce, though I suspect that it had been in the works for some time. Tell tale signs in conversation, the lack of care or concern for my well being … or really just me being alive. There is so much more that followed those events… suffice to say…

      You need the support of people who genuinely love you and will sit next to you while you break into pieces… when your heart cries out… be reminded that each beautiful moment that we get to experience is an appreciated gift. We might seriously dislike the pain in our lives… the heartache that follows events but if we pay attention to its purpose… we can be moved into places that are so much more satisfying than what we thought we were holding onto.

      All this time and I still cry when I get off the phone with my 7 year old… She will see what Love is. She will know that there are differences between human conditional love and the love of a Father for his child.

      Chip, you can cry out to God and be heard… surround yourself with wisdom and never stop praising God in the storm… THIS is where the rubber meets the road… this is where conviction and character intersect with cost and disappointment, pain and suffering… Surround yourself with people who can support you and help you stand in the ways of God when your own strength fails you. Plan for the storm and fix your eyes on Christ.

      I ache for you already… you are not alone.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        Thank you so much for your kind words!I just find it hard to go day to day when for the last 15 years I have focused on taking care of my family & now i am alone.

    • Profile photo of harlenshack

      Pray for her Chip…pray for her to open her eyes to what really matters. Growing up as a child of a broken marriage I’ve seen first hand how tough that it can be on everyone involved. I will pray for you. And I hope that your stepdaughter sees, and realizes that you are fighting for the best interest of your family.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        I was also raised by a single mother. I never had a male role model to know how to handle a wife & child. I only knew to provide for them, to tell them i loved them everyday & to things to show them how much i loved them. I thought that was it but having to be in the shadows of her previous marriage where he cheated on her & a father that never laid eyes on his daughter. I always felt that i could do no right. That i was having to pay for his sins.

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    If I’m suffering and angry because of it but yet in constant prayer communication with God all day- but my prayers are mainly angry and heartbroken ones because of how sad I am, does it mean I’ve lost my faith or am I still rooted in it regardless of the type of prayer ?

    • Charmell Carr

      Somebody told me once that God is a big guy, He can handle anything we can dish out. It’s ok to be angry and heartbroken. He sees you, He hears you…He loves you and is working things out for your good. Keep praying but take the time to listen also. God Bless. You’re in my prayers.

    • Teepee

      It is a process. Continue to pray to Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith. HE wants to hear from you and as you pour out your heart to Him, the Holy Spirit intercedes for you (Rom. 8:26-28). And Jesus hears you and intercedes for you to the Father (Heb 7:25). He loves you! It may not feel like it but He is with you and will get you through this. PS. 40:1-3.

    • HES

      I have grown to realize that God cares more about where our heart is than our actions or words. I believe this is because if our heart is in the right place our actions and words will align with it. It is easy to do or say things because you feel they are right but if you do not mean it, God knows. It is easy to fool others. It is even easy to fool ourselves. However, we cannot fool God. We cannot fake our way into His presence. While I do not know anything about your circumstances, God knows and He wants you to truly and honestly turn to Him to find joy.

      You obviously have not lost complete faith if you are still praying to God. However, we have to fully trust Him and have faith that He is in control. He knows what you are going through and it is just a piece of a much larger picture. I know it is easier said than done. It is not easy, but so worth it.

    • Profile photo of David Keough

      Not all conversations are gentle ones… God knows your heart… at the same time… anger tells us that something is/was inherently wrong. Sometimes its the situation, sometimes its the environment, and sometimes its really just us.

      To paraphrase Einstein, we cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them.

      We find it easy to blame others for our pain, our feelings, and many other things… but ultimately, at best, we might be able to control ourselves… sometimes…

      Anger can be normal, but consider what it is that you are actually identifying and why you are angry. Seek peace.

    • Profile photo of Skilgore

      Jennifer you have not lost your faith! In your comment you said I am in constant prayer communication with God. That shows you are in communication with the one and only God who has vowed never to leave or forsake you no matter what mood we are in! The Lord wants us to walk and talk with him when we are down and when we are up, its a relationship of communication so you are definitely still on the faith track. Say to yourself when you feel angry or in the midst of suffering, “Though All Hell Assail Me, I Shall Not Be Moved”! My Jesus Will NOT Fail Me, I Shall Not Be Moved! I will be praying for you. God Bless!

    • Profile photo of Kdizne

      Based on my own experience, I believe that God can handle ALL our prayers … even the ones that come out fear, frustrations and those that came from being mad with Him

      My experience has also showed me that sharing those prayers with Him is what allows me have an even more genuine and deeper relationship with Him

    • Syacy

      I have been there and am now Jennifer. I also questioned my faith. God reminded me that he knows our weaknesses and he forgave us for all our short-comings a long time ago at the cross. It is so difficult but God understands our anger and we are just being honest with things He already knows. It is more like confessing to Him that we are hurting and struggling in our faith. He is the ultimate forgiving Father and we grow closer to Him with our honesty.

    • Profile photo of WAY-FM

      Jennifer, your question is a good one – thank you for asking it! You aren’t the only one who wonders about their faith in the midst of suffering. Job asked a lot of questions and in the end God commended him for his faith. Sometimes the way our faith gets deepened is through times of questioning because of suffering. Praying for you!

  9. Brian C.

    Amen! Too often we attempt to put God on a shelf and only call upon and worship Him when things or circumstances get rough instead of praising and worshipping Him in all circumstances – Good, Bad, or Indifferent. Paul points it out best when he writes: “Rejoice Always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV).God Bless

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    Thank you for this reminder. I’m so blessed because even in tough times, I know eternal joy is coming.

  11. Aimee Newman 🎹🎤

    This is truly hit home with me.

  12. Charmell Carr

    I remember getting a hold of a Karen Kingsbury novel for the first time and there was a verse in it that her characters held onto throughout her novels. This verse kept coming at me from all different directions until I read it in context and it became my life verse. Jeremiah 29:11. I keep reminding myself that God has a plan, He sees the big picture. Just have faith…God’s got this.

  13. Bernice Smith

    Awesome hearing from Steven and how he has coped through pain with worship. The Bible does say we are given the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Thank you for reminding us. 😊😊

  14. Profile photo of Brian Cole

    Amen! Too often we try to put God on shelf during the Good times and just call upon and worship Him when things are going bad, instead of praying and worshipping Him in all circumstances – Good or Bad. Paul puts it best when he writes “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV).

  15. Profile photo of Priscilla

    When unexplained trials and tribulations come into my life, I find comfort in worship. Whether it’s quiet time alone or within in church family, I place all hope in Jesus Christ. He is the only one that will never let me down.

  16. Steve

    My wife was reading the passage of Scripture last night about God taking care of the sparrow so we shouldn’t worry. She then said that there are sparrows still die because of hunger. So why shouldn’t we worry. So we are learning to trust a God we don’t understand. And we are learning to praise Him, because we have a lot of unanswered prayers on the table, Him saving us is more than we deserve.

  17. Profile photo of CarrieAnn71272

    Amen! I suffer from Chronic pain after 17 surgeries and fibro…there is no pain to great to stop me from worshipping and singing to our Lord!

  18. Profile photo of Hannah

    Wow, I didn’t know what he had been through. I’m sure it was really hard for him, but now God is using him to encourage people. All glory to God!

  19. Profile photo of Lora Byrnside

    I so needed this this morning. The past week I have been repeatedly confronted by a lifelong verbal abuser. I have cried out to God asking why he allows it to continue. This is just what I needed to hear. Not my will but thy will, Lord.

    • Teepee

      You are a child of the Living God. The LORD stands as your witness and knows your suffering (Mal.2:14). Seek Christian counsel for your abuse. I know you love him but you can’t fix him. ONLY God can do that and it will be in ways you never would have fathomed. Luke 18:27, Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” These are the initial words God gave me, “Let go and let ME.”
      I will be praying for you both.

  20. Profile photo of Susan413

    A few months back I had a request on the prayer wall. My granddad had passed away a few days before my own father was to begin cancer radiation treatments. I was suffering for my mom, my dad, myself, for everyone it seemed. But when I am weakened, I remember Philippians 4:13 ” I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.” He gives me strength, so that I can be strong when others are counting on me. God is our anchor during our storms and can be a great comfort, if we allow Him to be.

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    So thankful he hears my worship even through the tears.

    • Kay

      vsroberts41 – And you know, I believe He cherishes the tears as much as the worship. All through the Old Testament, He told the Children of Israel, “Turn to Me. Lean on Me.” over and over. I think that’s why David is so open in the psalms to pour out his heart to God, whatever he is feeling, good or bad, God wants to hear it. He wants to be our Father, in every meaning of the word.

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    Absolutely. I have learned first hand that there comes a time when you realize, in your suffering, that you are not in control, God is always in control and how to place all trust in him. I believe I learned this and finally was able to place all trust in God BECAUSE of the suffering I experienced.

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    It has always bothered me that people say “God will not give you more than you can handle.” I don’t believe that for a second. I believe that God does not intervene because it is in our weakness, in the moments we can’t handle, that we are forced to lean more into God and His grace. I have seen this many times in my life and I’m sure there will be many more.

  24. Mary

    Beautifully said!

    • Faith Barnett

      If we truly Trust God and believe that He is good yesterday, today and tomorrow, then we will know that He works everything for our good. We may not see the big picture during our suffering but if we keep trusting Him and praising Him and counting it all joy through our trials knowing that He is sharpening our faith, trust and dependence on Him we will come out victorious on the other end.

  25. Profile photo of Sara Zillinger

    Keeping in mind that worship is when we RECEIVE God’s blessings and gifts to us, this makes perfect sense, and offers a great deal of comfort. Worship is that healing relationship, even when suffering is intense.

  26. Profile photo of In His Hands

    Sometimes my suffering is of my own making, and it has to be my own choice to end it.

  27. Profile photo of Kelssoutherland

    I really needed to hear this today. Praising God when it isn’t the easiest option is something to work on daily.

  28. Profile photo of daniellemk

    It’s when we can turn our suffering over to praise to God, that I think we truly understand what that spiritual relationship means. And your life is forever changed.

  29. Profile photo of Larry Crenshaw

    When I read todays Word On The Way in my email this morning, I really wasn’t sure what to think except I thought it sounded a little crazy. But after hearing S.C.C.’s perspective on it, “I get it”. And know how to apply that to my life. Thank you.

    • Profile photo of Larry Crenshaw

      One other thing is it seems to lift some of the burden of – always feeling like we are supposed to “be in control” of our life. Knowing and understanding that He is ultimately in control. No matter what the circumstances are.

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    We worship God for who He is and this brings us into alignment with God’s character and purpose. The power of worship erases our distorted view of our circumstances and centers us in the nature of the Almighty! “For His Glory and our good.”

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    I remember reading about Job and thinking, how is it possible that one person could be so cursed? How could he lose so much and still get up the next day and keep going? His love for God is truly a testimony that we should all take to heart. Yet, we should remember that it is quite acceptable to be angry, confused and question Gods love for us. Grieving is a process in every loss we experience and we must allow ourselves to submit to it for a healthy recovery. There are many times I have stopped talking to God because something didn’t go right in my life and tried to find my own solution and peace. No, the solution was never the right one and I often found myself falling into a bigger hole, however I must say, it brought me closer to the realization that I can’t do it alone and I need him. I believe we all have personal walks with Christ that are unique to the relationship and spiritual growth. His Grace is something we could never understand or appreciate as humans, but I know no matter how bad my life may seem to me, I feel his presence and constant nudging which allows me to keep going though out the storms in life.

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    Amen Greater is he who is in me than anything I will ever have to face on this earth 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

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    Like that song by Hillary Scott “Thy will be done” is a very powerful song for suffering. It has helped me know that even though it hurts, God is doing something bigger and that I will praise him no matter how I’m feeling.

  34. Lori

    I’m finding it difficult to trust God. There I’m just being honest. I just watched my 53 year old sister die from colon cancer…I’m scared God is going to take away more of my loved ones. I’m sad and broken and sick of people saying she’s in a better place when the hole in my heart is gaping. I cry at least once a day….so many things remind me of her and I miss her. I have trouble caring about my life….I lay in bed and can’t get out….no, I don’t want to get out. If I stay here maybe it’s safe…anyway…Here’s honesty, blast away, oh judgmental christians, I’m sure that’s coming 😢

    • Melba Couey

      Lori, I don’t believe anyone in the study would judge you and your honesty about your feelings. God already knows how you feel, you don’t even have to tell him out loud unless it will make you feel better. When I cannot pray, sometimes I just say the name of Jesus over and over again. I lost my dad when I was in my late 30’s to lung cancer and my mom about 20 years ago to open heart surgery. I still talk to them (sorry I don’t think I am crazy to do so) especially when I am facing a hard day. One day at a time, and often, minute by minute you have to get thru the day. I am praying for you on the journey called life.

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      Hi Lori,
      I’m sorry for your loss. Your feelings are understandable because you’re grieving someone you loved dearly. I can not imagine losing a sister, but I do know what suffering through grief is like. I lost my grandpa in June days before my dad started radiation for prostate cancer.
      What helped me was: prayer, activities that helped me through past difficulties like watching romantic comedies, or reading a good mystery, even cleaning and reorganizing my house, if you can believe that! Yes, I cried my way through cleaner closets, prettier bookshelves, and prepping chili for dinner. Sticking to my routine was a biggie, too.
      I’m praying for you, hon. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

    • Profile photo of WAY-FM

      Lori, we are so very sorry for your loss. Of course you are grieving and you should. If you go back and read Day 1 Wally mentions the shortest but perhaps most encouraging scripture in the Bible. “Jesus wept.” He wept and he is okay with our weeping. It is okay to tell God you are having a hard time and don’t understand. He can take it, he’s a big God. We here at WAY-FM will be praying for you.

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      Lori…Please know that so many have been where you are. I lost my brother 14 years ago this Christmas. I hurt so badly and saw how the grief tore my family apart. I was so angry with God that I didn’t go back to church for almost 7 years. When I did return it was because I felt a conviction that I wasn’t doing the best for my children, and I wasn’t allowing them the chance to decide for themselves. It is really amazing how in the opening day Wally used the verse “Jesus wept.” I went back to church for my children, and found my relationship with God through that very verse. One Sunday the sermon was on the Lazerus story. I came to understand, and make peace with this understanding, that Jesus wept because he loved Lazerus (my brother, your sister)too. He loved them more that we even could, in the purest way, that he would die for them. It is human to cry out and ask why He didn’t do something, but he did. He died on the cross to make a way for them to be healthy, whole, and happy for all of eternity. Through sin this world has become filled with pollutants, disease, bad decisions, and bad people; but through Christ’s love He has created perfection and paradise. And believe me I know, I KNOW, that doesn’t make the loss easier. I know it isn’t the answer you want to hear, but I hope in time that you will find peace in the fact that even though you are missing her here for yourself, she is not missing this world. God loves you, and weeps for your pain, because this is not the world he intended. But even though we mess things up daily with our mistakes, He still gave us the opportunity to be in the Heaven He indended. Please know that we love you too, and mourn with you. Just keep fighting, keep pushing through to the other side, because it will get easier. The loss never goes away, but much of the pain is replaced by all the joyful memories and hope for the future.

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      Lori, I understand your pain. I lost my little brother a month after my grandma passes during my final years of college and it was hard for me to stay on track and stay focus on what needed to be done so I could move forward. Crying is a great way relieve the pain. But with the suffering I have gone through I was able to help others through the similar losses recently. Time will heal, you will always miss her because you care and God is always there. I am praying for your strength to regain. Gardening while singing is away I like to help myself feel emptiness. You will find away through this!

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    Thank you for sharing with us Steven Curtis Chapman. This is exactly what I did while my husband was sick and drying of cancer. After he died, I continued with worship and prayer. This has given me such strength and peace to carry me through the most difficult days of my life. To me, reading the Bible is so so important. I believe it is God’s living word. I make an effort to read it as often as possible.

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    I try to worship during the worst of times, like right now. I say blessed be His name for He is good. I have a hard time trusting and letting go of certain things. I guess it’s because I see Him as a male figure and I’ve had a very hard time with men/boys. I then get angry with myself because God is good, I know his promises. I want an end to one certain thing, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I mess up. I’ve seen many of Daddy’s miracles through my son and me. But this past year, my faith has been shaken so bad between losing a job, finances, lust, addictions, and lost myself. I refuse to give up, my son needs me. Trusting God is so hard of me and shame overwhelms me. I talk to Him, just even calling out His holy name. At times, I wish it would all end, but that’s not of Daddy. Somehow, sometime I will make it through again. I won’t give up or give in to end it. Somehow, He does give me hope. He gave me my son, one of my only reasons for living. My little miracle son who isn’t so little now. Thank you, Lord.

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      Thank you for sharing. I too lost a child , my only child, and when he died I certainly did not respond like Job. Oh no…. I did what one of Job’s friends advised him to do. I ” cursed God and waited to die”. Our God , however is a good good God and I didn’t die. It is so hard to trust God in the midst of pain and suffering but the point of trust is the point of peace. I went through periods of feeling like God was punishing me … why after all would he allow a 4 year old boy to get cancer, suffer and die? Quite honestly there is no answer to that question but what I firmly believe in my heart is that He is a good God and yes ” The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”. I like the song by Hillary Scott ” Thy will be done”, particularly the line that says ” sometimes I gotta stop and remember that you are God and I,’m not”. Ultimately … To God be the glory”!

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    I love the story of Job. Even when not in suffering it is always a good reminder of the type of faith and focus on God we should strive for.

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    Today’s message spoke to me so much. I have grown up a Christian, but only in the last 8 years have I been diving in deep, really learning about God’s nature and promises. It was a minor loss that drove me there, but I believe was preparing me for the bigger pain that was to come. Two and a half years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and while she put up a strong fight, she died 3 months after her diagnosis. I was deveststed. I recall one morning being in so much pain, my strength left me completely and I literally fell to my knees. It was in that moment I knew nothing more to do than to cry praises to God and repeat his promises over and over. Pouring praises of thanksgiving over everyone and everything in my life. My husband held me and the Holy Spirit calmed my heart and gave me the energy to press on. I miss my Marmee every moment of every day. And yet her death brought me closer to God than I could ever have imagined. I know she is healed and with Him now and we’ll be together again one day. I know because He promised.

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    Job is a great example of faith and worship. Great verse for today.

  40. Gayle

    While going through difficult times, sometimes a song and choosing to worship is what got me through!

  41. Cody Deno

    I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a terrible disease that makes all your muscles weak, and prevents your body from making muscles. I am wheelchair bound and my arms are weak; I cannot lift them on my own power. I face struggles every day that most people will never know or understand. It is really hard somedays to just get through the day. But God knows my struggles and is there for me through them all. HE helps me through every day. HE helps me not let my obstacles bog me down and get me depressed. HE is with me!

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      Thank you Cody for sharing your story with us and for encouraging us in faith!

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    Not sure if this will post here if it doesnt I will make another post directly from Facebook….

    These are some of my friends down in Haiti doing exactly what this devotional talked about as they a wait the departure of Hurricane Matthew

  43. Sara

    When my daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4 years old, I struggled for months. It is definitely the lowest I have ever been. But because my daughter was given such low odds of beating cancer and because there was nothing I could do, I had to finally say “God I trust you. I trust you with my daughter, I trust you with everything I have. No matter what happens I will praise you and glorify your name.” Once I gave everything to God my daughter started fighting. The doctors still, 5 years later, say she is a miracle child. Because my world was slipping through my fingers I grew closer to God and have a strong relationship with him still today. Even my other child who is 7 now has anot amazing relationship with God. She sets aside time every day to be with God.

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    How Great and powerful is our God that despite everything we go thru he is always there with us.

  45. Trish

    Found it strange that I didn’t get my email today but now I know why…. This message was timed perfectly to reassure and to bless me beyond my comprehension.

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    Without trials how can we testify to God’s greatness, yes very hard to do but we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone, Me and my wife keep a prayer book and whether its our prayers or someone else’s request for prayers we note it in the book and then we get to work on these petitions to our LORD and Saviour and now that we look at back at it and review it I can see how God has been working in and through our lives, its at our weakest times that God can truly show HIS BIG strength. On our own we cannot but with HIM we can do all things:)

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    Thank you for the reminder that we serve an awesome God. My suffering has consisted of numerous difficulties yet I am always reminded of Gods grace

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    Yes! I am going to continuing worshipping you Lord because I don’t know what else to do. Worship during the good, worship during the struggles, worship during it all.

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    Such a good point: CHOOSE to worship.
    We may not always feel like it or even want to, but it’s so powerful to make the conscious effort to focus ourselves on God. Especially when our circumstances are difficult….

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    Placing your trust in and putting your focus on Jesus can get you through ANYTHING. God will use our suffering for His good!

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    I’m struggling right now after two very tough years. I got a glimpse of hope recently at some happiness but I’m afraid that it was temporary. I am claiming God as my compass, my compassion, my instructor, and I know that no matter what…He’s got this.

    • Kay

      slolewi56, praying for you.

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    I needed this. All I can do is worship God. He will bring me through it.

  53. Profile photo of MarMar

    To the Glory of God we pray and he promises to be with us always. This keeps me going.

  54. Nicole

    Amen! Even in my suffering I will continue to praise you Lord!

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    Sometimes the only right reaction to suffering is that which brings us closer to God so that he can help us get through. Well said Sir!

  56. Profile photo of Becky Wolberg

    One of the most difficult things to do as a least for me…is to let go. I think we all make our suffering seem like forever because we try to control the situation that’s causing the suffering.

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    So true. It is so easy to not trust God and be impatient. I think based off of my own suffering it was scarier not knowing what was going to happen than the suffering itself. Granted the suffering was very bad, but not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or the end results is even worse. I’ve had to trust God. Three verses that I found very comforting were:
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
    6 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

    Psalm 27:13-14

    13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
    14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
    Lamentations 3:22-23

    22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a]
    His mercies never cease.
    23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

    These verses are great reminders to just how powerful God is and how comforting he is even when we don’t see it. Knowing he is ever faithful to me even though I deserve none of it, allowing me to go through a time to trust and lean on him even more. We may not ever think that these bad times will pass or suffering will end, but we know through Christ we will see God’s goodness. We tend to think of blessings as only being good such as nice home, money, food, trips, etc. But blessings are more. Blessings can come in the forms of these sufferings. They can be times to truly trust in the Lord, grow in our faiths, and establish habits such as serving others and praying through these situations. They can be very tough and trying but the wisdom and lessons eventually learned through these times can be very rewarding to share with others that are also suffering. Think about the good that has come from it. What are you doing or able to do now through suffering that you were unable to before. For me, I had to give up things due to a bad back at age 21, and take up swimming. I would have never met the people and be given the opportunities that have been presented without first suffering. I have been able to transform into a coach and form relationship with players and other people that may not of happened without first suffering. We tend to only see the bad through these times, but if we can see what good has come through it as God guides us, the easier it becomes.

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    About 3 years ago my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. When we found out we were devastated and numb. I thought I trusted God before but the walk through cancer was completely in his hands and we along with my entire church community prayed for his healing. After 15 months his body was not strong enough and he went to Heaven. I learned not to ask “why?” but “how can I honor you in this situation?”.

    I choose to look at the blessing in every situation and through our journey, the Lord blessed us by building an amazing support system through our church community. They were there to help us with everything we needed but more importantly praying without ceasing. Our community showed us and continues to show me the love of Jesus.

    My husband suffered greatly in the end, but I have peace because I know he is healed in Heaven and suffers no more.

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    This message was perfect timing! Amen worship is the key and we should worship no matter what is going on good or bad!

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    Well said!!! My husband and I suffered greatly 4 years ago and we would have never made it through our trials without God. I found my strength, courage and grew closer to my Lord through the suffering. It feels like the last several years are normal and I know that whatever else comes our way, we will make it through the storm.

  61. James Foster

    Thank you Steven. Have always liked Job (after doing an in-depth Bible study years ago on the book). Sorry to hear of your loss… “blessings beside”

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    There is something so powerful in choosing to thank God even when there is no understanding of the situation. Amen!

    • Sherise Earp

      Me too! I got called by God in Dec. 2015, & this group makes it feel like I can talk freely. It’s such a relief!

  63. Sue

    I am learning to continue to worship and trust in the sovereignty of God. Like so many I just question when things will stop. My husband left me to live a gay lifestyle after 34 years of marriage with just a note. I came home from work and he was gone. That was two years ago and it is still very hard. Soon after he left I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I have been in treatment. Right after my last chemo treatment my brother passed away then my son lost his job and marriage. My daughter just recently had a baseline mammogram and they see something suspicious so she has to go back. I don’t think I’ll be able to stand it if she has cancer too! I am trying to practice to choose to worship and trust and my heart will follow. I know my heart will never want to forgive my x-husband that is something I am going to need to choose to do.

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      Sue, praying for you and for your family. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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      Praying for you and your family. Don’t give up; He can use all things for good.

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    I will praise you in the storm. I will praise you in the good. I will
    Praise you all the days of my life.
    My kids are the same way. Amazing.

  65. Kay

    After suffering a loss, HUMAN nature is to go through the “5 stages of grief” — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I think what Stephen Curtis Chapman talked about (to use the secular terminology) is acceptance. But his acceptance is deeply rooted in his faith and trust in God. In other words, when we have faith that we can lean on and are able to “drop anchor in God’s promises” no matter what, then we won’t get stuck in an endless cycle of denial, anger, bargaining, and/or depression. (I think maybe the same could be said of forgiveness — being able to turn over the matter to God’s justice and sovereignty makes it easier for me to accept that I don’t have the final word.)

    It makes me feel sorry for people without faith, who only have some flimsy cliche like “everything happens for a reason”, when they don’t know the Creator who is the Author of those reasons and they don’t know His goodness and His absolute faithfulness. There’s no medicine for their pain. How blessed we are to KNOW God and to be comforted by being able to rest in His faithfulness!

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    We cannot complain when the good we are graced with is taken away…I will still praise Him for giving it to begin with!

  67. Sherise Earp

    I’m going through a “suffering phase” in my life as well. I just recently had to leave my dream job due to new management taking over & lying about me on top of that. I had to turn in my 2 week notice to protect my main livelihood. It was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve gone through in my life. However, like Steven Curtis Chapman, the only thing I can do is worship & trust God & do my best to move forward “even though I don’t understand the pain in my life right now… I’m gonna choose to trust you. I’m gonna choose to worship you.

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    I can not even imagine losing a child and how that would test one’s faith. I reckon that in that time you have two choices either draw very close to God or turn away. I would say it is definitely something that would make or break you. I have experienced a stillborn grandbaby, but that was very different as we never got the chance to know her and then have her taken away.

  69. Joni DeBord

    Very good video. Thank you, Steven Curtis Chapman for sharing from your heart and life. Yes, I’ve found that to be true; When I worship and praise God for who he is, in the midst of pain, fear and troubles, then I can sense His presence with me and I am encouraged and strengthened.

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    I teared up when Steven Curtis Chapman said ” it’s why I’m still breathing.” We lost our 11 yr old son 4 years ago and there are no words to describe the loss of a child. As s family we read through Job and I wept at Job 19:25 I know my Redeemer lived and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. Oh how I yearn for that day!

  71. Brenda Stephens

    You are so right remembering He is Sovereign.

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    I have not had to deal with a devastating lost. Yes I have lost but it has been grandparents. I don’t want to think how I could deal with a lost that is extremely close to me. But I like this, to worship God in your suffering.

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    Worship has been the one consistent way I have felt God my entire life, even in the darkest of times, even when I didn’t believe in Him or carry Him in my heart. I could always come back to worship and FEEL Him with me. Thank you for sharing

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    Suffering is real. Everyone has a story. thanks for sharing. We are all encouraged by sharing with each other and worshiping our God.

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    God be unto you Lord

  76. Linda

    I don’t know any greater pain than the death of a child. 30 plus years ago I was caring for a friend’s infant daughter. This precious little one died of SIDS while in my care. In the family’s pain and loss they took care of me. They loved me and never blamed me. I am here because of them because thoughts of suicide were with me. I hated God so much and wanted nothing else but to go far away from Him. For years I was on the run. Then one beautiful day I had a very personal encounter with Jesus. He welcomed me back with love and forgiveness. I felt such joy and peace. And life began anew with Him. I couldn’t run far enough or long enough. There was no escaping His pursuit. My life was completely turned every which way, whatever He wanted, and I became the person I am today. I am His and He is mine. He is all I desire. And, I am so grateful that He never gave up on me.

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    I fractured my spine in May of 2012 in a quad accident, took about six months to heal and I thought it was all better. A year later the pain started coming back strong and it can’t be explained why. I’m on pain management and some days that doesn’t even seam to help. We’ve talked about it several times in our local small group and it always seams that God knows how to answer the right prayers with songs on the radio in time of need. Brings me to tears sometimes but I’ll always sing along!

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    I have been enduring suffering for the last almost 2 years with a custody battle with my ex-husband, constant attacks and an estrangement from my oldest teenager daughter. It has been a lot to endure and I can say I would not have made it this far without His grace and constantly praying. I have times where I have stumbled and big mistakes I have made in the past; I struggle at times in knowing that I am forgiven of those sins. I sometimes wonder if that is why I am suffering now. But I just try to keep the faith in Him because I know He can use all things for good and I have learned so much on this journey.

    Please pray that I can forgive myself for my past mistakes. Please pray most importantly for healing for my family. Please pray for union with my daughter. And please pray for all those in this world who are going through a season of suffering.

    Thank you for this; it touched my heart and I am keeping the faith and I pray daily, “I trust you Jesus”. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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      The book of Job got me through the death of my Dad and I used many passages in his eulogy. It was a difficult time after losing bothe my husband’s parents in the 3 previous years. However, God used the situation in the eulogy to tell the people attending that God still loved us and was still present even if we didn’t understand, just like SCC said. His words, knowing what happened, are inspiring and a reminder to me since I am dealing with very dark times now. Thank you SCC!

  79. Christie Suttle

    My absolute deepest and in turn fulfilling moments in the presence of our Loving Father is when I am praising him in and through the suffering . Hands high tears streaming pouring out my heart because I know that His promises are true no matter the pain He is always with us holding us up even in our lowest times. It shows that faith like a mustard seed CAN move mountains.

  80. Lisa

    I was in hard times this time last year and even a few months before a tear ago. My ex and me have been divorced for fours years, I found out that he had been seeing my hairdresser, my friend on/off in that time, Ashe was seeing me and another woman. I have to say it torn my heart in two. And on top of this time I had lost my home, had slept a few nights in my car, in between jobs, places to stay. But as I prayed, giving it to God, I wanted to know why, why me Lord, what did I do to deserve all of this. Then it was like He was sitting right next to me saying my child, you did nothing wrong, I am preparing you for something much more better, someone much more better for you but first you have to trust in Me, give it all to Me and let Me take of you and all of this, your pain. And to always put Me first in you life. That is just what I did and now in this past year, I have found a wonderful home, a full-time job that I love, working at getting my finances in order, helping the homeless and so much more. The only blessing missing is a Godly man in my life, but I know in time, God’s time, He will bless me. Thank you Jesus for letting me be able to share my story of suffering to others, to be able to help at least just one person in need.

  81. Joseph Bremer

    I believe God does not give you more than you can handle and through suffering you learn to appreciate what is truly important. It also helps you to get you priorities straight.

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    I have experienced loss and grief and pain…as have we all.
    Some much more than others. God be with them.

    What has been so evident in my more “mature years” and my closer walk with God, is His presence during those darker times.
    I often wonder, once on the other side of a particularly unpleasant valley or low place in my life, how in the world do people get through stuff like this, without faith? Without God? Without a community of ChristFollowers?

    So thankful–I know my FatherGod is right there with me. He may not deliver me when and how I want, but He knows the plan.
    And I do my best to trust in Him!
    All glory to my FatherGod!

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    I am no stranger to suffering. At 21 I was pushed to give up my daughter for adoption to my sister and brother in law. As I was still in college, had no job and was still living at home. My parents were not willing to help me raise my child. I fought hard to try and keep her, but the odds were stacked against me and I lost the fight. I was so angry at my family and angry with God for letting it happen. That was the hardest decision I have every had to make. No one knew what I was going through and I spiraled into depression. I gave up on God. I wrote in my journal every day since the day I left the hospital in 2015, writing helped me get my emotions out as my family wasnt willing to listen. It took me almost 9 years to finally be at peace with my decision. I went back to church with my husband and registered for a woman’s retreat back in 2014. It was then that I went into the prayer room, grabbed a notebook and wrote letters to both my sister and my parents just letting it all out. About how I felt during those times, how they made me feel. The emotions were just eating me up inside and I couldnt contain them anymore. I never mailed the letters, it was just my way of forgiving them. After I was done I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. I knew God showed me the way back to church and that he wanted me to go to that retreat. If it werent for that, I would still be depressed and never have forgiven my family. I did the right thing giving up my daugheter, she was given everything that I could never have. She is healthy and happy and that is all I could have ever asked for. I have learned to pray for those that do me wrong, for we can never fight hatred with hatred.

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        When I am going through my struggles, I refer back to the Book of Job, and all of a sudden my struggles seem light.

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    In the midst of suffering, I am silent. I want to fix it right a way with my own hands. I don’t think of worshipping God at that moment. I am so deep in my hurt and pain that I can’t speak. It is hard for me to think that my pain is temporary and God is using it to build character. I will praise God even when it is hard to speak.

  85. Elayne Samuels

    This was quite encouraging..I will trust Him. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will fear no evil for thou art with me.”

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    Thank God for giving me an outlet through you. I have been a fan for many years and know that you are the real thing and also your wife.

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    There was a time in my life I didn’t think I would make it. I think it come in different degrees for different people because we all have different thresholds. But God does not give you more than you can bear. It is the chooses we make while in the storm (where our faith lies) that shows who we are. Still Standing. I am a child of God.

  88. Rama

    I believe that when other people see how we react to suffering they are brought closer to God. If others see that we are still strong in our faith and still rely on God and put our trust in Him, it gives others a resource and guidance to rely on Him.

  89. Teri

    Thank you for my trials for it will bring me close to you. Help me Lord to smile when things aren’t going the way I want them to and if I suffer pain help me not to complain but trust you Lord and praise your holy name ! Thank you Steven your ministry has helped me in so many dark times I find taking different verses from different songs and meditate on them brings so much peace God bless you for all you do!

  90. Tina J

    Good stuff, we all are suffering in some shape or form, we always know God has our backs.

  91. Jennifer Springer

    We played blessed be your name at my Daddys funeral. He gives and takes away. God gave me such peace during that time. I still miss him but I do know that God Has Let US ALL GO Thru Things For His glory. I am thankful for my life the good and bad.

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    Thank you so much, i couldn’t imagine the suffering you went through. Very encouraging. God bless you!

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    Very powerful! I’m so glad God is using your brokenness to help others in their brokenness.

  94. Myfaithwillstand

    I totally agree with steven. Losing pur daughter not hardly at the two year mark yet still is just so heart breaking. I thoughy i knew pain before losing her but i had no clue that something could hurt so bad and question God more than i have ever have in my life. One day at time is what i keep reminding myself.

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    I totally agree with steven. Losing our daughter not hardly two years yet has been the most pain i have been through and grief is a process and that is something i cant run from. I never thought questioning God would be something i would struggle with but losing her is just horrible. One day at time and i know that it will get better.

  96. Jen91

    A great book for people suffering is The Red Sea Rules. I can’t remember the author though. Our church is doing a bible study on it. It is really getting me through a very difficult time

  97. Thelma

    We can’t imagine what God can see us through, we don’t understand how so many things can be,But looking to The Cross shows mercy and grace,that will always be beyond comprehension.

  98. Melba

    We all need to “drop our anchor in His promises”. Drifting in life without an anchor is confusing and leads to heartache. Look up and take hope in our Lord Jesus, He is always faithful!!!

  99. Roland

    Amen, and such wonderful advice from Mr. Chapman on how to keep moving forward during trying times and through loss. I think the book of Job is a great read for anyone going through difficult times. Prayers for continued strength and comfort for the Chapman family, and all other families and individuals going through various challenges.

  100. April Rodriguez

    I know folks who lose faith during suffering. As do I at times. But I also know many who return to faith in suffering. It is all a mysterious and difficult thing. I am thankful for patient friends. And I am thankful I am able to be one to others at times also. Thanks for this devotion.

  101. Dori

    I try my best every day to remember who is still on the throne. The Lotd God Almighty. Knowing that God dtill reigns and rules gets me through each day… whispering His name asking to trust Him more and to bring glory to Him. It’s not easy but necessary.

  102. Jude Toy

    I really loved Steven Curtis Chapman’s video, what an amazing man.

  103. Life has its twists and turns and as we travel the road we do not know where it will lead us to. Only God knows what is in store for us. We need to stay focused on him and that he loves us, we are not alone and he will guide us through whatever this world presents to us. Watch as the evil one is always there to thwart our intentions, test out courage and try to keep us off the main road. Prayer and listening along the way will keep us focused and lighten our burdens.
    At 65 years old and a successful career in real estate development I was indicted for mortgage fraud. Learning that if I went to trial and lost I would experience a possible 20 year sentence I plead (hardest thing I have ever done) to save what time was left for my wife and I . I entered into the twilight zone for the next 5 years, and the only person that was with me was the Lord. He was my savior, light, inspiration and solace.
    Uniquely enough (but in retrospect expected) my wife of 40 years found Way FM radio and
    God protected her, gave her support and hope. Now I have been released to home confinement and we both thank God everyday for his blessings. So, if the world caves in, there appears to be no lace to turn to just remember that God is near , inside you just look and you shall see!

  104. Evelyn

    In the past year I have lost my brother, mother and sister yet throughout each and every day God has loved and comforted me. Without Him I have nothing, with Him I have everything. Praise God always

  105. HELLO!!!!! STEVE,

  106. Kathleen Kauffman

    I want to glorify God. I see God so much in other people, through their support to me, that it’s hard to say no one cares, because there are people who care – not everyone does, but there are a few, and God can use anyone who is willing to give a little each day. Sometimes, it’s just in waking up to see another day that takes faith enough to, maybe, reach someone. I say, maybe, because sometimes that’s all I do.

  107. Sara

    I am suffering because my son is homesick. He is states away and has no friends. I have taken ownership of his problems because I am a fixer. BUT bipolar depression has kicked in and my thoughts are cycling over and over about the negative of his situation. I don’t know how to move forward and see his situation in the positive light. Please help me! He is with his wife and her family. He is loved! He is teaching Sunday school to the youth. But it hinders him from connecting with other young couples in the church. How can he get included in they outings even though he and his wife are in the youth group? Please help me help him and help me let go of his problems and focus on mine!

  108. Diana

    This is the hardest thing to do but the rewards are endless. I found healing and trust of Jesus as I am worshipping Him. Thank you Steven Curtis Chapman. I can’t imagine what Steven must have gone through.

  109. Matthew Detrick

    Deep topic and a powerful response by Steven Curtis Chapman!

    Earlier in life I would get angry at God for my suffering and other people’s suffering. Surely if God was loving, he wouldn’t make us suffer. One day a few years ago I was going through some pretty intense suffering. I had made choices that led to mistakes, which resulted in me having to move back in with my parents. It was a time in my life where I fell into a deep dark depression. I drank a lot, smoked a lot of cannabis, slept a lot and the only thought that crossed my mind was how I was going to end up homeless in a cardboard box. Eventually, I leaned on the Lord by praying and was led to be baptized two different times, once in private and once publicly.

    A few years later I made it out of my parents house and into a halfway house in Chicago. I found a new job quickly, which had its own set of pressure. I had new rules to live by from people who were not my parents: another set of pressures. I couldn’t bring myself to tell people i lived in a halfway house because i was ashamed; more pressure. This was another period of my life where I was estranged from God. The result?

    My time at the halfway house was cut short when I failed a surprise drug test. I had been drinking and doing cocaine in my bedroom at the halfway house.Failing the drug test led me to my own apartment, which is where I discovered crystal meth…

    Before you judge me, I want you to realize how much suffering we, as addicts, cause ourselves and those around us. My use was at least in part a manifestation of PTSD from my military service in the Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. We were bombed one day, shot at and a guy I knew in Motor Transport Platoon was blown up by an improvised explosive device. We attended his funeral upon returning stateside.

    Fast forward through two years of crystal meth use so I can spare you the details. One thing I will point out is I distinctly recall watching Joel Osteen while high because I knew in my heart God was the only way out.

    I moved back to Oregon at the beginning of 2016 to get away from people, places and things. I couldn’t explain why God was leading me here other than it was the last place I felt grounded.

    I moved in with my now ex girlfriend and her son. Enter more suffering and extreme cannabis use. We will fast forward through the past year and a half because this post is already a book.

    Today, I have surrendered to God’s will. Way-FM is my jam when I drive around town. I pray daily. I went back to Rise City Church. And you know what!?

    Instead of continuing to create more suffering, I rest in God’s peace.

    I leave you with the Lord’s Prayer (completely from memory… my, how that’s a change from my past 🙂 )

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever, AMEN.

  110. Jan

    Excellent word