Most of us know the story of Job, but if not you can read it in the book of Job.
What can we learn about suffering from the story of Job?
1) He refused to give up on God, even though he did not understand why this was happening to him.
We, too, must trust God when we do not understand the difficulties we face.
2) He lost all that he had through no fault of his own. As he struggled to understand why all this was happening to him, it became clear that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life with the answers and explanations held back. Only then would his faith fully develop.
We must experience life as Job did - one day at a time and without complete answers to all of life's questions. Will we, like Job, trust God no matter what? Or will we give in to the temptation to say that God doesn't really care.
3) We must also be aware that ant person who is committed to God should expect Satan's attacks. Satan who hates God, also hates God's people.
4) Four views of suffering: 1. Satan - people believe in God only when everything is good - not true.
2. Job's friends - suffering is God's judgment for sin - not always.
3. Elihu's view - God's way to teach, discipline and refine - true but incomplete.
4. God's view - suffering causes us to trust God for Who He is, not what He does.
How often do we "like" people only for what they can do for us? When you have money, you can have a lot of friends, but when you have no money then that is when you find out who your real friends are. Same with God - He finds out who really loves Him when the going gets tough and the answers are slow in coming. May we trust God, no matter what our situation is, like Job; knowing that God is good and that He loves us no matter what.