My favorite poem:

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man, And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart.
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out—
God knows what He’s about!

Source unknown / Galaxie Software, 10,000 Sermon Illustrations (Biblical Studies Press, 2002).

We have just released a new Bible study on topic: When Life Gets Hard (And It Will).

Sessions Include:

Lesson #1:
Why So Much Suffering?
Genesis 3.16 – 19; Romans 8.18 – 25

Lesson #2:
How Can God Use Me When Others Suffer?
Isaiah 58.1 – 11

Lesson #3:
Why Am I Suffering?
Job 11.13 – 16, 23.8 – 12; John 9.1 – 3

Lesson #4:
God’s Answer to Suffering
Job 40.1 – 8; 42.1 – 6

Lesson #5:
Does God Get My Suffering
Isaiah 53

Lesson #6:
Comforting One Another In Suffering
2 Corinthians 1.3 – 11

These lessons are available on Amazon, as well as a part of my Good Questions Have Groups Talking Subscription Service. Like Netflix for Bible Lessons, one low subscription gives you access to all our lessons–thousands of them. For a medium-sized church, lessons are as little as $10 per teacher per year.