The God of Suffering
Posted: Thursday, August 24
1 Corinthians 15:29-58
Verse of the day:
For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord. (Job 12:9 NLT)
Since the time of Christ, believers have struggled to understand God’s relationship to suffering. Does God allow suffering? Does God cause suffering? If God has compassion on those who are suffering, how can he also allow it? If God has the power to heal, rescue, and resurrect, how can he also be responsible for sickness, suffering, and death?
In Job 12:7-9, the reader is invited to zoom out from the human experience and ask these questions in the greater scope of God’s creation.
“Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you. For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord.” Job 12:7-9
Job goes on to describe the infinite nature of God’s authority.
“If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert. If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.” Job 12:15
Many believers find it unnerving to consider that God has ANY relationship to suffering. This is not Job’s belief. Job finds comfort in the God who governs both the feast and the famine. Job finds peace in the God who gives and takes away.
Can I pray for you? I pray that you will find peace in suffering. I pray that the hard questions will not harden you. I pray that the suffering you experience will be equally measured with the grace to endure. God is love. God is good.