ASKING "WHY"? (2 OF 5)

by Tony Nester

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Asking "Why?"
Faith and Suffering: 2 of 5
Text: Job 3:20-26; Matthew 26:36-46; Matthew 27:45-46
Tony Nester

Why were Randy Gordon, 17 years old, and Bryan Zukor, 14
years old, targeted, gunned down and killed at their High
School in Santee, California on Monday? Why did freshman
shooter Andrew Williams destroy his own future in this act
of rage and violence? Why did God allow such evil to have
its way in Santana High School?

Suffering can put tremendous pressure on our faith in God.
We pray for God to watch over us, guide and protect us.
When tragedy strikes we can be left wondering if our faith
in God has been a mistake. Where are you, God? Why is this
happening? Why? Why?

The story of Job in our Old Testament is the story of a
good man who was overcome with terrible suffering - he lost
his property, his family, and his health. His suffering
pushed him into a terrible despondency.

The popular image of Job is that he patiently took all this
suffering in stride and simply waited for God to make
everything turn out right again. That's not what happened
according to the Bible. Listen to Job as he complains that
he would rather die than go on living:

(Job 3:20-26 NRSV) ""Why is light given to one in misery,
and life to the bitter in soul, {21} who long for death,
but it does not come, and dig for it more than for hidden
treasures; {22} who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad when
they find the grave? {23} Why is light given to one who
cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in? {24} For my
sighing comes like my bread, and my groanings are poured
out like water. {25} Truly the thing that I fear comes upon
me, and what I dread befalls me. {26} I am not at ease, nor
am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes.""

Life had stopped making sense for Job. All through the Book
of Job he keeps asking, "Why?" "Why me?" "Why now?" "Why,

"Why?" maybe the most painful question we ask..

A man c ...

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