Faith Does in the Dark What Truth Reveals in the Light
Dr. Dick Onarecker
He was a righteous man. He feared God, and shunned evil. He was a family man. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was an influential man, regarded as the greatest man in all the east. He was a spiritual man who prayed, who worshipped, and who offered the burnt offering. Job was the envy of his community.
Job had life exactly the way he wanted it. But -- his fortune changed almost overnight. A band of mercenaries plundered his belongings and murdered his workers. All of his children had gathered at the house of his oldest son, where a hurricane destroyed the home and killed all ten of his children. His body broke out with painful sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. His wife fell into deep depression, and told Job to curse God and commit suicide.
Contrary to the popular myth, Job was not a patient man. But, there is something else the Bible reveals: Job knew when faith really counts. Faith does not count when I stand on the mountain peak. Faith does not count when I have life just the way I want it. Faith does not count when all of my questions are answered. Faith really counts when I am in the valley. Faith really counts when I am faced with unanswerable questions. Faith really counts when I have lost everything that is dear to me.
Some of you may struggle with the question, "Why do the righteous suffer?" Unfortunately, the book of Job does not directly supply a resolution to that issue. Job encountered God in a tremendously powerful way, but he still never had all of his questions answered.
In reality, the righteous suffer for the same reason the unrighteous suffer. This world is broken. It is under the curse of sin. It is coming apart at the seams. The fact is, no one gets out of this life unscathed or untouched by the tragedies resulting from the curse of sin on this world. Righteous and unrighteous suffer ali ...
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