Posted by: Rolf | May 2, 2014

Behind Job’s Suffering

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Excerpt by: Patrick Morley, PhD, from “How God Makes Men,” Multnomah, 2013

Even after Job was restored, he still never found out why he’d suffered so tremendously.

But because we have the Bible, we do know why.

The book of Job says Satan taunted God by claiming that Job would curse God if his blessings were taken away.

And so God gave Satan permission to test Job with great suffering.

I said we know why. That’s not quite true. Actually, we know how it came about.

The actual reason why God allowed Satan to test Job so severely still remains hidden behind the veil of God’s inscrutable will. “The secret things belong to the LORD our God,” says Deuteronomy 29:29, “but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever.”

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There is no formula for pain. And there is no formula to explain pain. There are only different types of suffering we can identify. For example, consider these men in Scripture:

  • Joseph was unjustly sold as a slave and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.
  • David, a man after God’s own heart, sinned deeply and was punished severely.
  • Jeremiah was arrested and put in stocks for speaking God’s word.
  • A man was born blind “so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 9:3)

Let’s be careful not to give formulaic answers for people’s pain. I’m tempted all the time to attach reasons to people’s sufferings.

But except for when it’s clear that we’re suffering for doing right or wrong, we just don’t know.

What we do know is this: “suffering is a part of God’s plan of redemption.”

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