Suffering

Daily reading: Job 1:1-22
Sunday July 3, 2016

Focus passage:  Job arose, tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshiped. Job 1:21

Job is one of the longest books in the Old Testament.   The book focuses on undeserved human suffering and our relationship to God in the face of such suffering.  It is framed around three central questions:

The first question is: why do bad things happen to good people?

The second question is: do we love or fear God for what we might get out of our relationship with God?

And the third question is: In the face of undeserved human suffering, now what?

How we answer these questions reveals our understanding of how God is in relationship with us and with the rest of the world.


Prayer:  God you are Holy and worthy to be praised, I lift up and name the areas in my life where I am experiencing suffering … I lift up and name the areas in the life of my family and community where there is suffering … I lift up and name the places in our world where there is suffering … help us to find your peace and comfort.  Amen.

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