by Stan Coffey

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Does Suffering Make Sense?
The Significance of Suffering
Stan Coffey

This morning we begin a brand new series of messages. I want to speak on the subject of suffering. I think, as much as any other time, in the life of the body of Christ here at San Jacinto, we have people who are suffering. There are some who are suffering domestically. They have gone through some very difficult times in their families. There are some who are suffering financially with the loss of jobs or with some kind of financial reverse. There are many who are suffering physically with terrible diseases and terrible pain. There are some who are suffering emotionally, going through times of depression and times of stress. I think the Bible has much to say about this subject of suffering.

Today, I want you to turn with me to the book of Job and I am going to begin reading in chapter one and verse one.

Many times when we suffer, the first question we ask is why? When some reverse comes or some report from the doctor comes that is negative, or some difficulty comes we say, "Lord, what have I done? What did I do to deserve this? How did I wrong you? What did I do to bring this upon myself?" Many times, the answer is, "You didn't do anything. You did nothing to bring this upon you." Job was such a man.

I want you to see the kind of man Job was because many people look at someone who is going through suffering and they have the attitude. "Well, what did they do to bring this upon them?"

I want to caution you not to have that attitude and to be very careful about judging someone and believing that because they are going through a tough time or they are having problems with their kids or they got a divorce or they had some other kind of difficulty, that they did something wrong.

In fact, they might be in the will of God and suffer. Job is that kind of a person. In fact, the Bible says about Job that is far as man could see, he was a perfect man.

Look at what it ...

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