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Why Good People Suffer (Job 32-37)

Have you ever found yourself dealing with pain and suffering that is more than you can bear? Maybe it's the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or your own physical pain and suffering. Our knee jerk reaction is to ask "why me?" Why do I have to go through this?

That's the first 37 chapters of Job in a nutshell. Job was a righteous man who suddenly, for no reason, lost everything. He lost his children and all of his possessions. But he continued to glorify and trust God until his physical health was also assaulted.

Still at that point, Job refused to curse God. But he did begin to question God's righteousness. Job knew he had not done anything to deserve God's judgment. So then why was he experiencing such calamity?

Jesus talked about a similar case in John 9:

John 9:2-3 And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" [3] Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents"

But for Job, to top it off, his 4 "friends" chapter after chapter try to convince him that God is punishing him because of his sin. If he would just admit his sin and repent of it, then his health and wealth would be restored. Job fought this logic and he was right to do so. Because trials are not always a consequence of sin and repentance doesn't always result in physical restoration; it's about spiritual restoration.

What Job and his "friends" didn't understand is that it was not God punishing Job for sin but Satan inflicting Job because of his righteousness. In other words, the closer we lean into God and faithfully follow Him, the more Satan will want to lob grenades at us to knock us off course from following and obeying God.

We are all going to experience trials in this life. Sometimes those trials are a consequence of our own sin. Other times they are a result of living in a fallen world in which we will get hit by the brokenness all around us. Still other times if the timing coincides with us drawing close to God, it could be Satan trying to discourage us from following and obeying God.

Regardless of the reason for the suffering, the solution is the same. The solution is always to lean in more. If there are sins you know you need to repent of, admit the sins and repent of them. But if the suffering or challenges begin as you are drawing closer to God, lean in even closer to God. Pray more. Spend more time in His Word. Worship Him more. Respond to the trials with the armor of God (Ephesians 6).

When we strap on the armor of God and lean into Him, the result will always be the same. We will experience indescribable joy as our faith grows and we are more aware of God's presence, strength, and guidance than ever before. We will know our faith is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, everyone around us will also see it!

Personally for me as I look back on the worst times of my life, the times of great sorrow and great physical pain, what I remember most is how God was there, sustaining me through those times as I drew close to Him and relied on Him. I also remember never wanting that feeling of intimacy with God to go away.

I didn't want the steep incline of how my faith was growing to ever stop. I didn't want how alive God's Word was to me to ever stop. Difficult passages of scripture made total sense to me and I was even able to explain them well to others during those trying times.

People would ask, "how can you be so strong as you're going through this?" to which I would always reply, "I'm not at all. God is sustaining me."

Once you have gone through a Job-like trial, one in which you realize God is all who's left to depend on, you realize God is all you need. This is what Job is realizing as everything including his health is taken from him and his "friends" are not helping either.

So where are you right now? What are you dealing with?

No matter what it is, rather than asking "why me," try asking, "Lord, I need you. Will you come into my life, guide me, strengthen me, and let me experience the joy of Your presence even in the middle of this storm? Lord, even in this, I trust You!"

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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Bilinmeyen üye
07 Haz 2022

Very good explanation using scripture. I will share this with many people. Thank You !!

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