What About Suffering?

What should be our attitude toward suffering trials and tribulations? Let us look into the Word.

Twice in the book of Job, YHWH taunts Satan, asking if he has considered His servant. Here’s the first one:

Job 1:6-8 (HCSB) One day the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD asked Satan, “Where have you come from?” “From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.”

In all his suffering Job did not sin – God held him in His hand, sustaining Job through the trial; not removing him from it.

Much later in redemptive history, YHWH tells one of His servants that Satan wants another shot.

Luke 22:31-32 (HCSB) “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.  But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

The faithful Son follows the path of His Father and holds His servant and sustains him through the trial, not removing him from it.

When we read of tribulation in the Bible, we are promised we’ll have them if we are walking as children of the light. Rather than looking to be removed from trials, we should have much confidence that God will sustain us through them. For our good and His glory. He has saved us from the wrath to come – what is it to suffer a little while in the flesh?

One thought on “What About Suffering?

  1. To me the “Job Experience” is summed up by Jobe himself!

    Job 42:5-6
    I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
    Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

    We can see this again here:

    Isaiah 6:1-5 but particularly 1&5
    In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

    Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

    The clearer we see the Lord for Who He Is, and move from hearing to seeing then doing the clearer we see ourselves for who we are in the flesh and in the Spirit!

    He must increase and I must decrease!

    Our circumstances work for our good, though we hate them at the moment…

    (Insert my hope for “born again” septic leach lines as I type this…)

    Paul explained it thus:

    In me, that is, in my flesh dwelling no good thing.

    and

    I do the things I ought not and fail to do as I should. Who can rescue me from this wretched state? But thanks be to Our Lord and Deliverer! (suffer through my interpretation for His meaning!)

    Thanks Manfred!

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