#17 In Suffering, Is God GOD?
Posted: Friday, September 1st, 2017Print
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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?
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.