by Ernest Easley

When Suffering Strikes
Series: Victory Comes Through the Valleys
Ernest L. Easley
Job 1-2

Today’s Sunday School lesson focused on the cross and the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ! As Jesus became sin upon that cross, He cried out, ''My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?'' And on this Palm Sunday, Christians around the world remember the suffering Jesus went through so that we might have salvation! That He became sin so that our sin would be forgiven! That He died so that might live! Hallelujah what a savior! The fact that Jesus was forsaken by God the Father in his suffering is His guarantee that He will not forsake us in our suffering! Deut 31.8, ''. . .He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear not be dismayed.''

Now as wonderful as that is, when suffering strikes .. you may feel abandoned by God! You may wonder where God’s run off too! You may even question God’s love. You may wonder if God really cares.

Well, for a couple of weeks now we’ve been thinking under the general heading: Victory Comes through the Valleys. And I don’t know of a more common valley for us than the valley of suffering! The rich suffer. The poor suffer. The educated suffer. The uneducated suffer. The non Christian suffers. And yes .. even the Christian suffers!

That’s what I want to talk to you about this morning. So lets turn to an expert in suffering. His suffering is recorded in the Old Testament and the title of the book bears his name!

Job!! Now Job had learned some things from prosperity; but he learned much more from his adversity. So, take your Bible and turn please to the Old Testament book of Job. Once you’re there, find the first chapter and the first verse. It’s from the Word of God that I want to show you what to do . . .

WHEN SUFFERING STRIKES Job 1:1-5 Now by way of introduction, we read about Job’s

-devotion to God.

Look at verse1. We’re told that Job was a man of great faith. Verse 1, ''blameless and upright.'' The word translat ...

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