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An Age-Old Question

READ: Job 2:1-10

Shall we indeed accept good
from God, and shall we not accept adversity? —Job 2:10

When Jeremy was 17, he
struggled with a question that theologians have wrestled with for centuries.
For him the problem was not theoretical but practical. He was trying to
understand why his mother had to have brain surgery. He asked, “Why do good
people suffer, Mom?”

She told him, “Suffering is
part of living in a sin-cursed world, and good people suffer like anybody else.
That’s why I’m glad we have Jesus. If I die, I’ll go to a better place, and I’ll
long for the day when I can see you again.” She then said that she could
understand his frustration, but she told him not to put the blame on God.

If you and I are baffled by
the suffering of good people, we can put the question squarely before God, argue
with Him if we must, and struggle with our doubts. But let’s not blame Him.

God didn’t explain to Job what He was doing but said that He could be trusted
to do what is right (Job 38–42). And He has assured us in His Word that Jesus
suffered on our behalf, rose from the dead, and is now preparing a
suffering-free place for us.

These may not be the
answers we want, but they are the answers we need to help us live with that
age-old and often unanswerable question of suffering. —Dennis
J. De Haan

Why must I bear this pain?
I cannot tell;
I only know my Lord does all things well.
And so I trust in God, my all in all,
For He will bring me through, whate’er befall. —Smith

God is not obligated to
give us answers, but He promises us His grace.

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