Speech On ' Sermon On Suffering '

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Sermon on suffering

Charmaine Warford
Spring 2013
Most of our grief and pain does not come as a clear punishment for sins. 1. Most of it comes out of nowhere and baffles our sense of justice.

Job 's suffering seems to come out of nowhere 2. and have no connection to his character. His story is recorded for us so that we will have some help in living through these calamities—and not just keeping a stiff upper lip but bowing reverently and trustingly before the sovereign goodness of God.

Verse 1 introduces us to the man Job and his character. If suffering is intended as a punishment for evil, Job is not a likely candidate. His reputation is blameless.
All Job 's prosperity is gone in one afternoon. What in the world is going on
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So God says in verse 12, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon himself do not put forth your hand."
Verses 20–21 record the victory. "Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell upon the ground, and worshiped. And he said, 'Naked I came from my mother 's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. '"
Satan proved to be wrong. Job did not curse God when he lost his wealth and his children. He worshipped and he blessed God. And so the superior worth of God became evident to all.
Comforts and calamities come from the hand of God. 6. This rock solid confidence in the sovereignty of God Job will not relinquish—and neither should we!
Did you ever wonder what Peter meant when he said (in 1 Peter 5:8), "Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world"?
He means that when you suffer, the way to resist Satan is to be like Job and hold fast your confidence in the free and sovereign goodness of God—not to curse him, but to reverence him. When you do, all heaven shouts the victory and Satan is defeated. "Let those who suffer according
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