Repentance without casting out idols is like putting a piece of duct tape on a cracking dam. It will not work, and if continued, will lead to ruin.
We can learn three things from the fall of King Uzziah: first, a warning concerning the pride of life; second, the importance of proper worship; and third, the remedy for man's uncleanness.
If I had to be left with only one book of the Bible, and I was not allowed to retain the Book of Psalms, I believe I would keep the Song of Solomon.
In order to properly answer the question of suffering, we must first begin where the Bible begins: with the authority which God possesses as our Creator.
Thankfully, our Captain is no mere man, but the Lord Jesus Christ; and He has left us with words of comfort and hope that are beyond any circumstance of this world.
On the other side of tribulations is the sweet experience of having been delivered by the Lord. There is nothing on this earth that compares with the experience of preservation through the fires of evil times.