Summary: We may not have all the answers for a quick fix? People often want to fix all people’s problems with quick answers of little solution, we look at suffering by pondering Job.
I DON’T KNOW? WHY ME?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is a two part lesson on suffering and how easy it is to misunderstand suffering and cause even more suffering.
Life has many Big Questions -- with Little Answers --
Have you ever notice, few real questions, ever get real answers?
We probably don’t know more than we do know.
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
22: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
PLEASE NO SUFFERING!
Dad called, Mom was dying. I drove our Oldsmobile to Frankfort, I looked heavenward through the sky roof ... and I quietly prayed: God all I ask is that My Mom does not have to suffer....
In my stillness the Holy Spirit asked me: Is that fair? God never exempted His Only Son from suffering, yet you want all you know to be exempt from suffering.
1. TWO KINDS OF SUFFERING?
Job’s name is associated with suffering.
Job disapproves and strongly objects to his having to suffer...
A. Two kinds of suffering in the Human eye?
1. Bad Boy Reward Suffering - JUSTICE
A. You’ve done wrong, you deserve what you get.
B. Spanking, punishment ... you earned it for bad
C. Discipline because wrong
2. Unfair Suffering
A. Do good - unappreciated, unnoticed, unapplauded
C. Complain, suffer, fuss, argue
B. WHY DO GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER?
This is a really good question, but I cannot find any really good answers?
God looks at suffering a lot different from man does?
2. SUFFERING IS REALLY BAD, WHEN THOSE THAT LOVE YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE SUFFERING, AND THUS ENLARGE YOUR SUFFERING.
When those close don’t understand suffering, they may hurt us even more by not understanding the real scope of suffering. Maybe at times suffering is not eternal suffering, it can be a keystone or a building block?
JOB’S PRECIOUS WIFE SPEAKS OUT OF SUFFERING TO THE SUFFERING AND CAUSES MORE SUFFERING?
Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Doest thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die.
A. Does getting rid of God, get rid of suffering?
B. Job does not attack the one that does not understand his suffering ...
Job 2:10 but Job said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.
C. Job can’t explain to his precious wife why they are suffering?
D. Seems we love and accept God, when we see good, but we ponder God making mistakes
when there is pain, trials, darkness, and suffering in our eyes...CAN THIS BE GOD?
3. SUFFERING CAN DRAW NUTS OFF THE FRUIT TREES ALL AROUND YOU!
As a buzzard - As a Vulture to Road Kill... some people like to see others suffer. Don’t forget the friends.
A. Some don’t understand the key to suffering, and they bring a great offering that proves they have more words than compassion, they have more answers than they have wisdom.
B. Out of love friends will start showing up, their intentions are good, but their lack of compassionate wisdom will pile on more suffering?
C. They have their plan as to why you are suffering?
D. They have a plan as to why you are suffering, they have their plan on how you can do better?
E. Seems the know the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law.
They use God’s words very loosely.
4. THERE LURKS IN THE HEART A "I KNOW WHY?" AND "I CAN FIX IT FOR YOU!"
We grow attitudes like I CAN FIX your problems mentality ---
We have great diagnosis/prescription abilities.
A. We don’t want to see friends suffer
B. We have hope and want to give hope, so we presume for God.
C. People seem to feel better after they speak their mind regardless of how the victim feels...
D. We want to simplify Gospel to explain with words so positive spin.
5. WE GROW MECHANICALLY CORRECT BUT COMPASSIONATELY WRONG!
We mechanically know the whys of suffering --- and we can get out a BIGGER HAMMER!
A. Legalism - strict interpretation
B. The Friends knew all answers that put Job down.
C. No compassion, not sympathetic
D. Criticize without solution, fault finding and no alleviation of the problems?
John 6:63 It is the Spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing, the worst that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Rom. 8:5-6 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.