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August 20, 2022
Today’s reading: Job 8:3-6
Why do we suffer?
We read in Job 8:3-6:
3 Does God subvert judgment?
Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If your sons have sinned against Him,
He has cast them away for their transgression.
5 If you would earnestly seek God
And make your supplication to the Almighty,
6 If you were pure and upright,
Surely now He would awake for you,
And prosper your rightful dwelling place.
Bildad, like Eliphaz, believed that Job and his family have sinned and thus, they only deserve what they went through. The reasoning of Bildad is that God is just and so, if he punished Job, then it is just right and good.
However, the problem is that the friends of Job were misapplying this biblical truth. Absolutely, Yahweh is just.
Bildad was too simplistic. He felt that he already figured out God. He thought that He exactly knew what was going on and in his limited view, he was also putting God into a box.
One thing that Job’s friends forgot: both the righteous and wicked suffer. No one is exempted from human suffering. All will go through life’s difficulties simply because we live in this world ruled by Satan.
When studying the suffering of Job and understanding why good people suffer, we must look at it from the perspective of eternity, not from the perspective of temporary situations.
What I’m saying is that we must see our current situation as part of the greater plan of God. Yes, it is true that we can suffer because of the consequences of our sins. Nevertheless, we can also suffer because of doing good.
Job’s suffering was actually helping him to become more faithful to God. In times when we don’t understand our situation, that’s when we can dramatically increase our faith. It’s easy to trust God in a comfortable situation. However, faith is developed in trials and difficulties.
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