The Lord promises that no matter what we face that God works all things for good. Does this mean that everything that we face as Christians is going to be good? Is this a declaration that sin is so eradicated that there will be no lasting consequence of sin? Does this really mean that all things are good or is the Apostle Paul teaching us something else about our Christian sojourn?
Christ’s disciples will face trials, struggles, and hardships. Christ has already mentioned the hardships that await us. However, Christ goes on to speak of other problems that tempt us beyond just the comforts of this world. Christ tells us that we might have to walk away from family to be incorporated into the kingdom of God. How can Christ talk about disrupting the family? Why would we want to give up these earthly comforts for Christ?
There are times when we are tempted to think that God is not walking with us in the midst of our trials. We can think that the Lord is not really there nor is the Lord really all that gracious. We can think that until we consider the words of Psalm 69. How can the words of Psalm 69 and the suffering of our Lord encourage us in those trying times?
The book of Revelation concludes with a blessing, but there is a warning in the midst of the benediction. Why would John give us a warning in the midst of the blessing? Does this imply that we cannot freely draw near to the Lord?
Job has not repented in a true Godly sorrow, but instead continues to hold to his innocence. So, now the Lord is the one who continues with his speech to Job. Job is invited to hear that the Lord is good, gracious, merciful, and the Lord is perfectly just. We are invited to witness this speech, Job is invited to hear this speech, but will Job finally listen and concede the righteousness of the Lord?
Peter and James greet the church in the dispersion. What is the dispersion? Why would they greet the church with such strange language? What can such language communicate about our Christian Sojourn?
Elihu is going to conclude his speech which concludes the counselors speaking. The counselors have told Job to repent of the sin that Job has committed, but Job has not committed a sin to deserve this punishment. However, Job has attached the integrity and purity of the Lord claiming that something has gone wrong in how the Lord has treated Job. Elihu has encouraged Job to drop his case. Will this man drop his case? Will Job see the goodness of the Lord?
Christ uses very strong language regarding our Christian life. He tells us that we are to actually hate our families. Is this a contradiction of the 5th commandment? I thought that we were to honor our parents? I thought that we were to love our Lord as first priority and love our neighbor as ourselves? How can Christ command us to hate our families?
Christ assures us that the folly of Christ’s cross is salvation manifested by the power of God. How can this be? This sounds impossible because the cross is a method of execution. Why would we want this symbol? The tragedy is that we are tempted to sanitize this symbol, but why is that so tragic? What could be the possible benefit of this cross?
Job is one who has suffered, but he is not someone that we would say is a champion. He is a man who continually rests in his righteousness while wondering how God can make such a righteous man suffer. We can chuckle and Job, judge Job, and point out Job’s problems. However, we still have not asked the deeper question: why is this book in our canon? What can Job’s suffering and self righteous speech teach us about our Christian walk, our bent, and our failure to see the gospel?