While I studied Job, my husband reflected on what God says about suffering, reading through a different passage of the Bible. He shares his thoughts below: Medicine teaches us that illnesses have a strong genetic factor, both in physical, and mental health. One common example is cystic fibrosis where the defect in the CFTR gene … More Born into Suffering? (Thoughts from J.D)
Part of Job’s suffering came from the way his friends sought to “comfort” him. Their words and attitude gave Job more grief than comfort. However, Job is in need of a godly reminder, which Elihu delivers, and God backs up. What lessons can we learn from Job’s friends about effective and ineffective responses to someone … More Job P4 – Perceiving and responding to the suffering of others
Complaints, turmoil, hope, desperation, anger, revelation, frustration and praise – all these are included in Job’s dialogue with God. He is called righteous, blameless and upright, yet the Lord challenges him in his evaluation of suffering. Earlier this year, I looked at what the book of 1 Peter says about our attitude towards suffering. Here … More Job P3 – Speaking to God in the Midst of Suffering
The age-old question of “Why is there suffering on earth?” continues to promote various arguments, ideologies and dreams of an opposite utopia today. This is a question that has both destroyed lives, and motivated life. It has also spawned another question – who is to blame for suffering, and this is the root that determines … More Job P2 – Who is to blame for suffering?
When I think of the story of Job, one of the first thoughts that pops into my head is, “Poor Job”. Yet, while there are many things in Job’s life which we would consider to be unfair, Job was also remarkably blessed. Who is to blame for Job’s affliction – Satan? God? Job himself? Who … More Job P1 – Poor Job? (An introduction)