Job teaches us that, though suffering is mysterious, we can and must trust in God, who is good and sovereign. When we realize Who is in control of our suffering, what He is like, and what His purposes are, we can endure faithfully, giving God glory even in our pain. To deepen the mystery, no matter how you slice it we cannot absolve God of the ultimate responsibility for Job's suffering. The Mystery of God and Suffering 81 on the Mount describes God as showering rain on evil persons as well as good ones (Matthew 5:45). Then Satan went out and caused the loss of Job’s possessions and children, but he was not permitted to harm Job … Based on the book of Job, David Platt urges us to respond to suffering by meditating on God’s sovereignty. Job had a “for-realness” about his pain. Framework for understanding God’s sovereignty in our earthly lives comes in the next lines. Based on the book of Job, David Platt urges us to respond to suffering by meditating on God’s sovereignty. The book of Job, one of the wisdom books of the Bible, deals with two issues crucial to every person: the problem of suffering and the sovereignty of God. It is vitally important to understand that even though God ordains and uses suffering, He does not commit sin or evil. Sin and suffering entered the world through Adam and fractured God’s perfect design. Job (pronounced "jobe"), was a rich farmer living in the land of Uz, somewhere northeast of Palestine. Similarly, John’s Jesus heals the blind man and explicitly rejects the idea that suffering is punishment for sin (John 9:1–41, especially 2–5). There is a great mystery in the relationship between God’s sovereignty and the existence of evil. I take comfort in what Francis Schaeffer told me many times: “We only see the debit side of the ledger now. The account of Job shows us that God will not abandon those who suffer for his sake. He's drawing us closer and teaching us things about himself. The Bible affirms that God is sovereign over the storms of this life and that he has good in store for his people in their suffering. What an atrocious and wrong outcome of Job's obvious devotion to God. God actually set limits on what Satan could do to Job. In Job 1:11, the Accuser admonishes God and accuses Job of fair-weather faith (“But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”) Here, Satan attacks the character of both God and mankind. Download the weekly Bible reading plan to follow along with each sermon. God is doing more in your suffering than you can see right now. Enemy rule. In the first round of suffering, God said, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him” (1:12). When we realize Who is in control of our suffering, what He is like, and what His purposes are, we can endure faithfully, giving God glory even in our pain. The Mystery of Suffering and God's Sovereignty Richard P. 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