Many times we look at issues from a broad perspective, but today we’re going to discuss matters that impact us as individuals. Have you ever wondered, “Why me, Lord? Why am I going through this trial? Why am I having to endure this struggle? Are you there? Do you know what I’m going through? Are you listening? I go to church and do my devotions, this shouldn’t happen to me.” Have you ever felt like that? Why do we suffer? Why do we go through difficult times?
Why is There Death and Suffering in the World? As we see hundreds of thousands of illegal people coming across our border, and drug cartels pushing drugs across our border, you may wonder, what is going on? As we see crime soaring out of control and calling for police and law enforcement agencies to be “de-funded”, you may wonder, what is going on? As you learn of racial hatred actually being taught in schools in America, you may wonder, what is going on? The increasing push of some toward Marxist Communism by so-called progressives may cause you to wonder and ask, what is going on? We see the beginning of the answer in Genesis 3:1-4 quoted above.
“Encounter God’s Truth” is a weekly faith-building broadcast of Whitcomb Ministries. Dr. John Whitcomb went to be with the Lord in February of this year, but his classic Bible teaching is needed now more than ever, and we still have so much of it to share with you. So, this week we bring you material that is brand new to our radio broadcast, and it opens Volume Two of our series called “Acts: Witness of the Early Church.”
We are considering the question: How do we serve the Lord effectively—even during times of suffering? Dr. Whitcomb drew on the experience of the apostles in Acts 5 to teach us how we are to handle “Suffering for the Lord.” In the United States, we have not known much about persecution, but that may be changing in the days to come. We can learn much from this text, regardless of the type of suffering that any one of us might be facing today.
With host Wayne Shepherd, we express our gratitude to the Middletown Bible Church in Middletown, Connecticut, where these messages were first preached at the Independent Fundamental Bible Conference. They show us clearly again how God’s Word is true from the beginning to the end.