Enduring Suffering (6 of 7) by David Cawston

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Enduring Suffering (6 of 7)
Series: Life Choices
David Cawston
Job 2:1-10

INTRODUCTION:
Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel put the horrors of his experience into words in a recollection aptly titled Night.
He describes the hanging of a young boy suspected of sabotage in the Nazi death camp.
First, the German Gestapo tortured the boy.
When he would not confess, they sentenced him to death, with two other prisoners soon leading all the three in chains to the gallows.
It was a public execution, with thousands of prisoners watching.
The head of the camp read the verdict.
All eyes, however, were on the child. He was pale, biting his lips.
No more than 12 years old - the boy had the face of a sad angel.
The three victims stood on chairs so their necks could be placed within the nooses.
The child was silent.
Then someone behind Wiesel cried out, ''Where is God! Where is He??''
The executioner tipped the three chairs over.
The bodies dropped and then jerked at the end of the rope.
Only one noise dared break the silence - it was the sound of men weeping.
The two adults suddenly died.
The third body of the little boy was still moving.
For more than a half hour, he hung there struggling between life and death.
The guards told the prisoners to march past the two bodies and the struggling boy.
As Wiesel passed by, he couldn't help but turn and gaze into the boy's eyes, and as he did, he heard the voice behind him ask once again, ''Where's God now?''
Wiesel allowed the inner voice of his heart to answer,
''Where is he?'' ''Here he is! He is hanging on the gallows!''

That was the true reflection that happened at that moment in Wiesel's heart. God doesn't disappear in the midst of suffering - it only seems that way.

In the ancient Book of Job, Job falls into the most tragic series of events. Messengers come to his house, each bringing devastating reports.
Job learns that he has lost his wealth -- absolutely everything he owned.
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