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#17 In Suffering, Is God GOD?

Posted: Friday, September 1st, 2017
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About Sovereign Love Series

There are two things we need to know and believe about God: His eternal power and His divine nature. Is God truly who He says He is: Sovereign Love?

Devotional

In the Bible, there are two men who were in extreme crisis. First, there’s Job. Armies struck his cattle and servants. Fire from heaven burned his sheep. ‘A great wind’ struck his house, which collapsed on his children and killed them all. Next Job lost his health.

Such human suffering! The man was in terrible grief. And he took his despair straight to God in forthright bewilderment.

Job knew that God is God and He would have to square his suffering with His sovereign goodness.

God gives me up to the ungodly and casts me into the hands of the wicked. I was at ease, and He broke me apart; He seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces; He set me up as His target…
Job 16:11-12 ESV

The dilemma of humanity is this: in suffering, is God God? Or is evil in charge? Job charges God with it all and rightly so. But the agony of his life is unbearable and his friends torment him with their pompous diagnoses, but not from God. He demands an explanation from God Himself.

Other Devotionals in Sovereign Love Series

Sovereign Love, Sovereign God #64 Alive to God #63 Alive for the First Time #62 Beyond Natural Humanity #61 The Life of God #60 True Life Abundant #59 Alive, Not Dead #58 Dead in Decadence #57 The Living Dead #56 The Plain Name #55 Essential Life #54 Existence is God #53 This Strange Name #52 Are You There? #51 The Eternal Name of God #50 The One Name That Conquers #49 The Name of God Revealed #48 A Discovery or a Misunderstanding #47 Outside Language and Above Description #46 A Perpetual Wonder #45 Learning Who and What I Am Not #44 Limited by Knowledge of I AM #43 The Great Mystery of God's Nature #42 The Answer to the Question #41 The One Who is I AM #40 Knowing Who I Am Not #39 Who is I AM #38 You are Not God, I AM #37 Joy in Our Fearsome God #36 Shattered by His Words and Presence #35 God Comes to the Man Who Seeks Him #34 The Wonderful Defeat of Habakkuk #33 The Man Who Wrestles with God #32 God is on the Throne #31 Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied #30 Few Will Watch and Listen #29 Shaken and Shocked by God #28 Honest Indignation and Moral Outrage #27 Complain or Confront #26 Questioning the Absence of God #25 Habakkuk Comes Directly to God #24 Sovereign I AM #23 God Magnified as All and Only #22 Finding Imagined Whys in the Story #21 God Asks the Questions #20 No Explanation, Simply Choice #19 Human Explanations of Divine Inexplicables #18 God, Are YOU? I AM
#17 In Suffering, Is God GOD? (Currently Viewing)
#16 God Above and on the Earth Below #15 God Is God and the Only One #14 The Lord Is God and There Is No Other #13 The Lord Your God IS #12 Seek God and You Will Find Him #11 God is Sovereign #10 The Earth is Full of His Glory #9 God Wants to Be Discovered #8 The Wonders of His Creation #7 This Wondrous Creation #6 The Heavens Declare the Glory of God #5 God's Power and His Character #4 Eternal Power and Sovereignty #3 His Eternal Power and Divine Nature #2 Human Logic and Knowing God #1 God IS God