I’ve heard Mark Talbot speak live on suffering and the sovereignty of God on two occasions and read chapters he has written in other books. I am looking forward to a book he is writing on suffering.
He looks squarely at suffering through the lens of God’s word, and makes Jesus look beautiful:
In a glorious and mysterious way that is currently past our finding out and that in no way excuses our sin, all of this sin and suffering will make it undeniably clear that God’s grace—and God’s grace alone—is sufficient for us, and thus we shall indeed see that his power is made perfect in our weakness.
And therefore it will be our joy and glory in the eschaton to sing gladly of our former sin and suffering, so that Christ’s power and glory may be more apparent.
For God the Father has ordained that the melody of each of our everlasting songs will be how his Son, our glorious Lord, has saved us from all sin and suffering.
There the world’s broken stage will have been completely renovated, and all of our own badness and brokenness utterly removed.
Mark Talbot, “Bad Actors on a Broken Stage,” in With Calvin in the Theater of God edited by John Piper and David Mathis, p. 81.