The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Spoken from a man that knew suffering. Job was a man that was so righteous that God pointed out his goodness to Satan. When Satan strips him of his riches and kills all ten of his children in one day, when he is judged by his closest friends as being in the wrong, and when his wife tells him to curse God and die, Job responds that if he praised God in the good, he will also praise him in the bad. The reason for Job’s suffering was not that he had done something wrong. In contrast, the reason was that he had done so much right. The reason was to see if he would praise God when he suffered so immensely.
For good reason, humans do not like to suffer. But in the wrong, we conclude that suffering is proof that there is no God or if there is a god, that he can not be loving.
What kind of god do we want God to be? “If you do not do what I want, I dismiss you God? If I do not understand, I dismiss you God?”
God is a God of order. He created this world that makes sense. We study science and it is the textbook of this earth. And life is the poetry. It is the love story. There is a problem of sin and suffering is the result.
“Suffering is a reminder that this world is not the way it is supposed to be.” Tim Keller
But Jesus is the remedy! We are living the story. We are in the thick of it. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it does not make sense. So, why is the Bible the Good News? Because we already know the ending. Not only will Chrisians live happily ever after, all the past wrongs will be undone!
Put yourself into the story! You are the protagonist. The King of Kings has come to seek and to save YOU! How will the story end? Is it a tragedy or will you live happily forever after?