Digging Deeper: Tyler Ralph "Suffering"

Tyler Ralph speaks from the Hands at Work Hub in South Africa for Digging Deeper on June 14, 2019. Tyler talks about our suffering and the resilience of our faith.

Through suffering we are able to deepen our relationship with God. At the same time our relationship becomes more resilient and able to withstand an attack. We learn to understand how much God loves us and our dependence on God. Then we will learn to live in a way that our lives don’t collapse as we face pain. We will learn to navigate the pain, which allows us to keep our eyes fixed on God and our hearts filled with joy, hope and love.

2 Corinthians 4:7-10

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”

Going Deeper: Tyler Ralph "What Holds You Back?"

I can be honest with you guys. When I first met you guys, I thought you were all crazy. So now you know.

I thought that depending on a God you couldn’t see was nuts. That’s why I thought you were crazy. I thought to depend on anyone else was a sign that people were just too weak to hack it.

Turns out I was right. I am too weak to make it. I am too flawed to have the ability to rely on my own strength. Too corrupted by the world to rely solely on my own judgement. That is the beauty of it though, that I don’t have to make it on my own.