Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 17 Jul
The book of Job has always been a challenge to come to grips with. It raises more questions then it answers. The obvious one is the question of suffering. Why does God allow good people to suffer? And certainly Job was good when he is blameless and upright. Job loses his business enterprises. Job loses his family. It appears he suffers one setback after another. Such tragedy could be explained by marauding terrorists or natural disasters such as a lightning strike or tornado. Yet if God in His providence is in control then why does he allow bad things to happen to good people. But then the reverse can also be true. Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people? We see this illustrated for us in the cross. Jesus, the innocent One, suffered on the cross for us. He had done nothing wrong. Job, likewise, had also suffered innocently. As we consider Job’s situation we also remember our own circumstances. We are the sinners who have missed the mark with God. Yet, God in His grace draws us into His kingdom.