Reactions to Suffering
A Sermon on Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)
How should Christians react to suffering? This is a difficult question, but it is also an important question. All who live in this world suffer from the effects of sin and death. Even Jesus Himself suffered while He was here on earth. In this sermon from Romans 8:18, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones warns against the wrong reactions to suffering in life. Whether we become angry at God, or doubt His goodness, we are prone to lose our trust in the face of suffering. But the Bible tells us that suffering is never purposeless, nor is suffering the ultimate fate of those who trust in Christ. The greatest hope we have is not in worldly social reform, or in political campaigns, but it is in the reality that Christ has died for us and is making all things new. Rather than looking to ourselves in the time of our suffering, we must look to Christ who has died in our place so that we might be redeemed from sin and its curse! This hope is only possible for those who have believed in the Gospel.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.