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A Purpose in Suffering

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October 26, 2021 8:00 pm

A Purpose in Suffering

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October 26, 2021 8:00 pm

“So what you’re saying is, it may not be my fault.” The woman’s words took me by surprise. Having been a guest speaker at her church, we were now discussing what I’d shared that morning. “I have a chronic illness,” she explained, “and I have prayed, fasted, confessed my sins, and done everything else I was told to do to be healed. But I’m still sick, so I thought I was to blame.”

I felt sad at the woman’s confession. Having been given a spiritual “formula” to fix her problem, she had blamed herself when the formula hadn’t worked. Even worse, this formulaic approach to suffering was disproved generations ago.

Simply put, this old formula says that if you’re suffering, you must have sinned. When Job tragically lost his livestock, children, and health, his friends used the formula on him. “Who, being innocent, has ever perished?” Eliphaz said, suspecting Job’s guilt (Job 4:7). Bildad even told Job that his children only died because they had sinned (8:4). Ignorant of the real cause of Job’s calamities (1:6–2:10), they tormented him with simplistic reasons for his pain, later receiving God’s rebuke (42:7).

Suffering is a part of living in a fallen world. Like Job, it can happen for reasons we may never know. But God has a purpose for you that goes beyond the pain you endure. Don’t get discouraged by falling for simplistic formulas.

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Wrong hi there and welcome to today's elderly brave of cold. Today's reading purpose and suffering.

I'm sure Boise so what you're saying is, it may not be my fault. The woman's words took me by surprise. Having been a guest speaker at her church. We were now discussing what I'd share that morning.

I have a chronic illness. She explained, and I have prayed, fostered, confess my sins and done everything else I was told to do to be healed but I'm still sick so I thought I was to blame. I felt cited that woman's confession, having been given a spiritual formula to fix her problem. She had blamed yourself when the formula hadn't worked even worse this formulaic approach to suffering was disproved generations ago.

Simply put, this old formula says that if you're suffering you must've seemed when Job tragically lost his livestock, children and health, his friends use the formula on him, who being innocent as of the perished in the five sit in Job chapter 4 suspecting Job's guilt in chapter 8 Bildad even told Job that his children he died because they had sinned ignorant of the real cause of Job's calamities. They tormented him with simplistic reasons for his pain later receiving God's rebuke suffering is a part of living in a fallen world, like Job, it can happen for reasons we may never know. But God has a purpose for you that goes beyond the pain you enjoy. Don't be discouraged by falling for simplistic formulas. Today's Scripture reading is from Job, chapter 42 verses 1 to 9. Then Job applied to the Lord. I know that you can do all things, no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

You asked who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge.

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know you said. Listen now and I will speak I will question you and you shall answer me, my years at heard of you.

But now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes after the Lord had said these things to Job. He said to Eliphaz the team a night. I am angry with you and your two friends because you have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has. So now, take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves, my servant Job will pray for you and I will accept his prayer and not deal with. You according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has.

So Eliphaz the team and not Bildad the sure light so father nullified did what the Lord told and the Lord accepted Job's prayer. Let's pray together.

Lord we bring you our needs today, physical, emotional and spiritual. We ask you for healing. If there is something for us to do to be well. Please show us what it is. Otherwise, we trust in you today how healing and the healing of those we love.

We ask this in a powerful name of Jesus in today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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