Struggling with suffering

Daily reading: Job 42:1-6
Tuesday August 9, 2016

Focus passage: You said, “Who is this darkening counsel without knowledge?” I have indeed spoken about things I didn’t understand, wonders beyond my comprehension. Job 42:3

The book of Job provides for us a raw glimpse into the depths of our suffering.  When we face chaos, we desperately try to assign a reason in our minds for that chaos that will help us to create some sort of order out of the suffering we have encountered.

We all know too well the depths of suffering that happens in our world and we find ourselves asking the same question.  We may even wonder why if God is so loving does God allow suffering to happen?

We want to know so we can prevent misfortune from happening again.  But the reality is that life throws us curve balls.  Bad things happen to good people all the time and it breaks our hearts at the depth of suffering that we can experience. 

What if the question we are asking “why do bad things happen to good people” isn’t the question we should be asking? 


Prayer:  God of the suffering Christ, I praise you for you have never abandoned me.  Your faithfulness is beyond comprehension.  Help me to accept my current reality and find your loving presence in the now.  Amen.

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