WHY DO CHRISTIANS SUFFER? (II)
We have already considered some truths in relation to THE ORIGIN OF SUFFERING.
We saw that suffering came into the world because of sin. Adam and Eve rebelled against God and disobeyed His commandment, and sin entered the human race bringing suffering and death. Gen. 3.
Today, we want to consider PART II – THE ORDEAL OF SUFFERING.
I. JOB’S TRIAL
A. Job was a righteous man. 1:1.
1. He was PERFECT – He was whole or complete.
- He loved and served God with all his heart.
2. He was UPRIGHT – He did that which was proper, right, and correct.
- He lived according to God’s will.
3. Job FEARED GOD – He had reverential respect
- It is a good thing to fear God. Prov. 1:7, 29-31; 2:5; 8:13; 14:16.
4. Job ESCHEWED EVIL – He turned aside from evil and had nothing to do with it.
5. Job was approved by God Who looks on the heart.
- What does the Lord see when He looks on your heart?
B. Job was a wealthy man. 1:2-3.
C. Satan secured permission from God to afflict Job.
1. Satan sought to discredit him in the eyes of God. 1:9-11.
2. Satan was first permitted to take the material things away from Job. 1:12-19.
- Satan first attacked Job through his worldly possessions and his family.
a. 500 oxen and 500 asses were stolen. vv. 14,15.
b. 7,000 sheep were burned up. v. 16.
c. 3,000 camels were stolen. v. 17.
d. 7 sons and 3 daughters were killed. vv. 18-19.
e. We see Job’s reaction to these afflictions. vv. 20-22.
3. Satan was then permitted to afflict Job physically.
a. Job’s body was covered with burning sores. 2:7.
b. He scraped himself with a piece of broken pottery. 2:8.
- He speaks of his intense suffering (7:4-5).
c. Job didn’t even have the support of his wife. 2:9-10.
d. Job was willing to take the unpleasant with the pleasant and still give thanks to God. 2:10.
D. Job’s Friends added to his grief. 2:11-38:41
1. Eliphaz implied that Job did not have enough trust in God.
- We see his discourse to Job in chapters 4, 5, 22.
2. Bildad said that the sovereign God would bring troubles on a sinful man.
- We see his discourse in chapters 8, 18, 25.
3. Zophar asserted that the removal of sin from one’s life would bring blessings.
- He accuses Job of being a hypocrite and a liar.
- We see his discourse in chapters 11, 20.
4. Elihu argued that God was a Father Who disciplined the righteous according to the need that existed. Job 36:10.
- He felt that God was above human understanding.
- His discourse is seen in chapters 32-38.
5. Job did not lose his faith in the Lord.
- His fellowship with Him, however, did lapse when he began to complain.
II. JOB’S TRIUMPH 19:23-27
A. Like gold, Job’s faith was tested.
- He did not have all the answers but he did have confidence in God. Job 23:10.
B. Though Job suffered mental anguish, physical pain, and the accusations of his friends, yet in all this he knew that he served a living Lord. 19:25-27.
C. The Lord stood by Job and blessed him with more than he had before he was called on to suffer. 42:10-13
· We need to put our confidence in the Lord. I Cor. 10:12.