The Folly of Job

In re-reading sections of the book of Job in the Bible, a couple of interesting perspectives on suffering jumped out at me.  

One, Job questioned God in the midst of his suffering. His questioning and desire for a hearing before God (chapter 23) brought a later strong response from the LORD. Job wished to know where God had been in the midst of his multiple sufferings. 

God responded with a strong rebuke in chapters 38-40 in asking Job where he had been when He created the very foundations of the world including his very unique animal kingdom.

Many times in suffering we want an answer from God by asking the wrong question: “Why.”  God did not answer Job with a “why” but responded with “Who.”  Can the creature successfully critique the Creator?

In chapter 40, Job repented for his contending with God. From there a series of events unfolded ushering forth repentance of Job, his friends and later restoration of Job, himself.

As with Job, could it be our suffering focus on the “why” has indeed clouded our understanding of the sovereign “Who?”

 

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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