Soul Craving - More Faith by Lori Hatcher

Soul Craving - More Faith
Lori Hatcher
2 Corinthians 4:17

 

Appetizer

It doesn’t seem right when good people suffer and bad people prosper. Is God unjust?

Entrée

I seldom read the book of Job.  It distresses me to think about the horror and hardship this good man endured. Logic and a sense of justice tell me evil men should suffer and good men should enjoy a long life filled with happiness, health, and prosperity. Such thinking, I discovered this morning in my Bible reading, isn’t biblical.  “Have you considered my servant Job?” God asked Satan as Satan presented himself before him, “he’s blameless and upright, honors God, and runs from evil.” (My paraphrase)  “Well of course he serves you,” Satan responds, “you bless everything he touches. You’ve put a hedge around his family, blessed the work of his hands, and made him rich. Why shouldn’t he serve you?”  Like Satan, we sometimes ask an equally weighty question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” as if, by virtue of their goodness, good people deserve a pain-free life. And the reverse – if sorrow, tragedy, sickness, and loss enter their lives, it must be because they’ve sinned.  Enter Job—a righteous man who suffered horribly and whose story debunks all our false assumptions.  Job’s life demonstrates that good men suffer. That while hardship can be the result of sin or the natural consequences of poor choices, not all trials are punishment for sin. His life shows that God allows our faith to be tested and gives us the opportunity to glorify him in the midst of our suffering. Job’s story proves that we may never know, this side of heaven, why trials enter our lives.

We can know, however, that no difficulty is was ...


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