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Day 17: God’s Sovereignty and You

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 17, 2011


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Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. – Job 2:13

One of the problems I see people make when reading the book of Job is that they read it through the eyes of Job.  After all, his conversations take up a bulk of the book’s content.

While it is very true that Job experienced more suffering than most of us will ever know, the point of Job is not, “why do the righteous suffer”.  It is “God is sovereign”.

Sovereignty, by definition, means that the one who is sovereign can do whatever they want… period.

I know we don’t want to think of God as a person who lets suffering, pain and torment into a person’s life, especially for no apparent “good reason”, but that is exactly what happened here.

Without trying to over analyze the book, three basic observations can be made:

  • God volunteered Job for the assignment of being tormented by Satan
  • Most everyone in the story was wondering why this was happening to Job, when that was never the question that should have been asked. In fact, a question should not have been asked at all. Sovereign people are not to be questioned.
  • God never answered the question, “Why?”

To be very honest, nobody really likes any of these observations. Even today, people try to analyze the “why” factor in the book of Job. However, the point I see in the book is that the answer is a one word statement that must be satisfactory… “Because.”

We have to face the fact that God is God and there are just some things we will never understand, and that should be OK with us.

If you are going through suffering, it is good to be comforted, but it is also wise to trust God completely.

I know you may not understand why this is happening to you, why the pain is so great, why God would allow this to happen, etc.  It can be very disconcerting, but you might not like the answer God gives either.

The answer to the question is not found in the answer you may or may not receive. The answer is found in the sovereignty of God.

Do you trust God? If your answer is “yes”, you MUST trust in his sovereignty.

God is a good God, and everything has a purpose. We just aren’t always privy to that purpose, so for us, the answer may simply be, “because”.

If you are a parent, you know what I mean. Say your child asks the question, “Why”, you have probably used the same answer God uses… “Because.” When we answer in this manner, we are exercising our parental right of sovereignty. Kids just don’t need to know everything.

So don’t be surprised when God does the same.  You are just a child of God after all.

 

 

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