Suffering: Is There Any Rhyme Or Reason To It? (26 of 54) by Stan Coffey

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Suffering: Is There Any Rhyme Or Reason To It? (26 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey
November 4, 1990

Book of Job: Part II
INTRODUCTION: Why do people suffer? If God is omnipotent then why does He allow suffering? If it is not God's will for people to suffer and they do, does this mean that God is not all powerful? This is certainly one of the most mysterious questions in all of the Bible.

This is the heart of the Book of Job. The Book of Job was written to confirm to us that even good people at times may suffer. Job was the most godly man who lived on the face of the earth and yet he lost his family and all of his possessions. His wife and his friends turned against him. Even God did not speak and heaven was silent and in Job 23:3 he cried, "Oh that I knew where I might find Him. That I might come to His seat and present my case before Him." Job said, "Not only am I suffering, but in the midst of my suffering, it seems God does not even hear me." And yet, in the end, God confirms His love and care for Job.

We learn from Job that even when we suffer and even when that suffering is mysterious and God doesn't seem to hear us, God is still there loving and caring for us in the midst of the darkness.

I. THE REASONS FOR SUFFERING
A. People suffer because of a fallen world. Genesis 3:14-24, when man chose to sin against God not only did man fall from his estate wi ...


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