Responses to suffering

Suffering arrives in our lives in many ways, sudden or slow-onset, long-lasting or short-lived, many different varieties afflict us.  How do we handle suffering?  What is our response to tragedy in our lives?

In Job 2, we see a man faced with not only the loss of his children and all his earthly riches, but now he ends up with sores all over his body, from head to foot.

His wife suggested that he curse God.   Today we may hear someone respond to that suggestion with, “Surely God didn’t cause this pain in my life.  Why would I curse Him?”

But Job  answers in a way not many folks today would answer: “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”

He affirms God’s absolute control of all things, good and evil, and took a posture of submission to whatever suffering came his way. Rather than curse God, he maintains his faith in a sovereign God.   In 1:21 he said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I have experienced little true suffering and I wonder if I will have the grace to endure and respond like Job.  I know it is coming and want to be prepared, for 2 Timothy 3:12 states clearly that “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”


One thought on “Responses to suffering

  1. This is rubbish. It is typical of the irrational and indeed blatantly stupid notion that the “God” is all loving and all caring and omnipotent yet not only condones but creates the sort of savage suffering that we see in our world. It is total rubbish. The sooner that our world is rid of religious nonsense such as this, the better.

    All of those who promote this sort of nonsense are culpable for the terrible suffering we have in our world. Instead of indulging yourselves in this pathetic rubbish you ought to get out and do something useful to change the imbalance between rich and poor; stop the destruction and exploitation of our natural environment and rid us of the so called “respectable” churchgoers and clerics, doctor, lawyers, judges, politicians and so on who abuse children and others and get away with it because of church and political cover ups.

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