When we realize Who is in control of our suffering, what He is like, and what His purposes are, we can endure faithfully, giving God glory even in our pain. The book of Job, one of the wisdom books of the Bible, deals with two issues crucial to every person: the problem of suffering and the sovereignty of God. Download the weekly Bible reading plan to follow along with each sermon. When we realize Who is in control of our suffering, what He is like, and what His purposes are, we can endure faithfully, giving God glory even in our pain. God actually set limits on what Satan could do to Job. In Job 1:11, the Accuser admonishes God and accuses Job of fair-weather faith (“But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”) Here, Satan attacks the character of both God and mankind. Likewise, God wants us to have that same “for-realness.” In many ways suffering is a mystery. Framework for understanding God’s sovereignty in our earthly lives comes in the next lines. What an atrocious and wrong outcome of Job's obvious devotion to God. Sin and suffering entered the world through Adam and fractured God’s perfect design. Based on the book of Job, David Platt urges us to respond to suffering by meditating on God’s sovereignty. The account of Job shows us that God will not abandon those who suffer for his sake. Job (pronounced "jobe"), was a rich farmer living in the land of Uz, somewhere northeast of Palestine. It is vitally important to understand that even though God ordains and uses suffering, He does not commit sin or evil. Enemy rule. Then Satan went out and caused the loss of Job’s possessions and children, but he was not permitted to harm Job … The Mystery of God and Suffering 81 on the Mount describes God as showering rain on evil persons as well as good ones (Matthew 5:45). God is growing our faith in the midst of our trials. Job had a “for-realness” about his pain. The Mystery of Suffering and God's Sovereignty Richard P. Belcher, Jr. ... At the heart of the book of Job is a question about the character of God - and about how we should respond to Him. God is doing more in your suffering than you can see right now. I take comfort in what Francis Schaeffer told me many times: “We only see the debit side of the ledger now. God permitted Satan to implement the torment, but when he was petitioned "why" by Job, He did not skirt the responsibility by pointing blame on Satan. To deepen the mystery, no matter how you slice it we cannot absolve God of the ultimate responsibility for Job's suffering. He's drawing us closer and teaching us things about himself. Based on the book of Job, David Platt urges us to respond to suffering by meditating on God’s sovereignty. The Bible affirms that God is sovereign over the storms of this life and that he has good in store for his people in their suffering. Similarly, John’s Jesus heals the blind man and explicitly rejects the idea that suffering is punishment for sin (John 9:1–41, especially 2–5). In the first round of suffering, God said, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him” (1:12). Job teaches us that, though suffering is mysterious, we can and must trust in God, who is good and sovereign. There is a great mystery in the relationship between God’s sovereignty and the existence of evil.