Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
by David Hocking
Suffering is a part of life, and it has the ability to control our thoughts and desires. The Bible encourages all us to trust in the LORD with all of our hearts! JOB is a classic example of a person who found little comfort in the thoughts and arguments of his friends. While they insinuated that he was not recognizing his own mistakes and certainly not trusting in the LORD, the book of JOB teaches otherwise. JOB lost everything and even his wife told him to “Curse God and die!”
But, the example of JOB is in the Bible for our understanding and wisdom. The Bible is clear – JOB did not sin in spite of all the suffering he endured. Behind it all is the sovereignty of God Himself. JOB said “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” What a wonderful attitude in the life of one of God’s servants. When we suffer physically, it often confuses us and our friends. We keep asking “WHY?” Contentment is found when our confidence is in the LORD GOD! This book is one of those essential Biblical books that affects all of us at one time or another. The latter end of JOB was greater than all he had experienced in the past. God is able to turn our difficult circumstances into blessings that we never expected. May the GOD of the BIBLE bring you much wisdom and understanding as we all face the pressure of suffering and its results upon us all!