Suffering Reveals the Things that Ultimately Matter

God wants us to free ourselves, and there’s nothing like suffering to show us that we need something bigger than our abilities and our strength and our explanations.  There’s nothing like our suffering to remind us how not in control we actually are, how little power we ultimately have, and how much we ultimately need God.  In other words, suffering reveals to us the things that ultimately matter, which also happen to be the warp and woof of Christianity: who we are and who God is.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 128