Job was extremely religious, extremely pious, and extremely good. Even God said, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:8). But being blameless and upright doesn’t mean you know all there is to know about God and the world.
Job’s three friends had a very legalistic view of the world and of God. They thought everything worked according to a clear and simple law of moral cause and effect—of reward and punishment—in which good people are blessed, and bad people suffer. So when they saw Job suffering, the only explanation for it, given their theology, was that Job and his
I was reading an article by a woman who lost her brother, sister, and her sister’s children in a car crash. Horrific. She was stunned. She walked around as if in a fog, unable to think clearly. Of course, friends offered to help. Several said, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.” She found that well-meaning, but unhelpful. The bereaved don’t want to impose
Have you ever seen a performance of Romeo and Juliet? Near the end of the play, Juliet takes a drug that induces a temporary, but deathlike, sleep, to avoid marrying a man she does not love. To add to the drama, her body is placed in a tomb. To all appearance she seems dead. But the audience knows better.
On December 19, 2018, Sharon, my wife of 42 years, went in for a fairly routine surgery to remove a football-size benign ovarian cyst. It turns out that the cyst was filled with cancer. And then the cyst burst and spread the cancer. Since then Sharon has had five chemo treatments. The first four lasted over five hours. The doctors
The last two regional conferences went through Romans 5-8. Each time I felt my understanding of Romans improved. I still haven’t arrived, but I’m inching closer (I hope). One of the insights that came out concerns suffering. No one likes suffering. Some traditions say that suffering is avoidable. Teachers promise that you can live a life of
My wife of 42 years, Sharon Dallas Wilkin, went in on Dec 19 to have a large ovarian cyst removed. All the tests indicated that it was benign. Here is a short catalog of some of the trials since then. We had to wait four extra hours (6 total) before the surgery started. The three-hour surgery took
by Zane Hodges, excerpted from The Journey of Faith: Sermons on Hebrews My Christian friend, we are saved freely by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. But the road to glory and dominion over the creation is a tough road. We often encounter on that road, trouble, hardship, frustration, and suffering. But,
originally published in the July/August 2015 edition of Grace in Focus The expression “for My [or His] name’s sake” occurs eleven times in the New Testament, in all four Gospels (seven times), Acts (once), John’s first and third epistles (once each), and Revelation (once).1 It is not found at all in the epistles of Paul,