Why do good things happen to bad people? That is probably one of the number one questions people ask. Even as Christians, we wonder why we go through the suffering we do. Often, it seems like the righteous suffer more. Other hard questions are, “Where is God in tragedy?” and “How do I worship when I am suffering?”
The questions are hard – and often, there are no answers this side of Heaven.
Job is the account of a righteous man, who goes through some very hard times. As we study the book of Job, we can learn a lot about suffering, about God, about Satan, and our attitude toward worship during suffering.
The book of Job is going to take us through the life of a righteous man who had to deal with suffering. The key verse, Job 1:21, shares much into the heart of the man we will study.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Bad things are going to happen in life. We don’t have to curse God because of them.
Yet, we are going to find men who are going to look for sin in the life of Job because of His suffering. Suffering does not mean there is sin. In the case of Job, we know that it was the opposite- it was because of his righteous life that bad things happened to him.
The book of Job is actually comforting to those who have gone through hard times. It helps us know that we are not alone- and that the Lord is near during those times.
Themes in the Book of Job:
We are going to see four major themes in the book of Job:
- We don’t serve God just because He blesses us – Too many people are only out to serve the Lord when He, in essence, serves them, by blessing them. We live in a broken, sin filled world. Suffering is going to happen because of the deadly disease of sin. We are not just servants and worshipers of God because He blesses us- we serve and worship Him because He is worthy.
- God is sovereign. Over both the good and the bad- God is still sovereign. We don’t always understand the bad, but we also don’t have an eternal perspective.
- God is the creator and sustainer of all things.
- Satan is going to attack. If we are followers of Christ, He doesn’t want us to live our lives out as an act of worship. He wants us to struggle. He wants us to doubt. We need to gird up and take the sword of the Lord (the Word of God) and be prepared for battle.
Over the next 8 weeks, we are going to journey through the book of Job. I hope that you will join me here. All of my post in this series will be found here:
Week One: When Testing Comes
Week Three: No post <3
Week Four: More Than Knowledge
Week Five: Suffering
Week Seven:Is Suffering Ever Good?
Week Eight: God is in Control
I will also be on Periscope LIVE at 12:30 pm EST each day sharing about each chapter! You can also study along with us in my Worshipful Homemaking Group! We would love to have you!
Worshiping With My Life,