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Suffering and Sovereignty

Day: 1

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Praise in the Wake of Suffering

Leah DiPascal

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ - Job 1

As we begin our study of Job, we're faced with two hard questions that just might follow us throughout all 42 chapters of this daunting book: Why do godly people suffer? Why does God allow undeserved suffering?

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Day: 2

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Behind the Curtain

Glynnis Whitwer

‘Skin for skin!’ Satan replied. ‘A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.' - Job 2

Just when it seems life can’t get any worse for Job, it does.

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Day: 3

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Wrestling with Suffering

Wendy Blight

Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? - Job 3

Have you experienced a physical or emotional wound so deep it seems nothing can soothe the hurt? Have crushing circumstances shattered your heart and your faith? Have you cried out to God and heard nothing? My friend, you are not alone.

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Day: 4

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Mess of Suffering

Whitney Capps

Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. - Job 4

It’s dangerous to pull Scripture verses out of context and present them as the Truth of God. And the book of Job is a perfect example of this.

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Day: 5

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Right Statement, Wrong Context

Camilla Griffith

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. - Job 5

We’ve all been near those who are hurting and felt the strain of wondering what to say or do. Deciding whether you’ve said or done too much or too little can feel weighty.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

God of All Power and Authority

Job 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

I Don’t Have to Justify My Grief

Glynnis Whitwer

If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—no wonder my words have been impetuous. - Job 6

In times of grief, the last thing we expect to hear is correction. When hope dims and worry grows, we are in the weakest emotional position to handle criticism. And yet that’s exactly when some people feel compelled to voice their opinions. Like Job’s friends.

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Day: 7

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Job Cries Out To God

Krista Williams

Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. - Job 7

The raw humanity of Job is revealed in Job 7. Up until now we’ve seen Job esteemed as a man of great faith and integrity, but his words here seem contrary to what we would expect from a person of such strong character

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Day: 8

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

How To Find the Best Advice

Leah DiPascal

But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. - Job 8

Have you ever received unsolicited advice from a friend or family member? Did their comments and suggestions create more questions and conflict, instead of encouragement and real solutions?

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Day: 9

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Job’s Expanding View of God

Camilla Griffith

He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. - Job 9

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you thought you knew someone well and then they did something that caught you totally off guard?

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Day: 10

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Can We Know the Mind of God?

Glynnis Whitwer

Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees? - Job 10

It’s tempting to believe we can understand how God’s mind works. We are created in His image. Surely that must mean God thinks like we do. Yet how can the natural think like the supernatural? How can the created think like the Creator?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Perfect Mediator

Job 6-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Truth About Suffering

Wendy Blight

Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below – what can you know?” - Job 11

If you’re like me, you might be wondering whether the next friend we meet will be the one to support and encourage Job during this devastating time in his life. But sadly, Job’s next friend also fails to fulfill that role.

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Day: 12

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Affirming God’s Greatness

Krista Williams

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” - Job 12

Ridicule. Scorn. Reproach. Contempt. Have you ever been wounded by the false accusations or an unfounded allegation of a friend? Or mocked and misunderstood by someone you love and trust?

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Day: 13

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Process is Part of the Point

Whitney Capps

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him! - Job 13

A number of years ago my husband and I watched dear friends deal with soul-crushing suffering. We were invited into their pain and had a front row seat to watch them grieve, cope, grieve some more and by God’s grace, heal.

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Day: 14

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

From Impure to Pure

Camilla Griffith

Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one! - Job 14

It’s hard to imagine how frustrated Job must be with his situation. He is destitute and in pain and without any worldly support.

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Day: 15

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Arguments of Eliphaz

Wendy Pope

Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you. - Job 15

he “friendly” dialogue between Job and his companions enters round two. Eliphaz is quick to continue his criticism and his retort is quite intense.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

God's Perfect Timing

Job 11-15 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Job Changes His Position

Wendy Blight

Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. - Job 16

In elementary school, I had the skinniest legs. It’s a wonder they even kept me standing! I remember one person in particular who took great joy in making fun of my legs. She nicknamed me Spinderella. To her it was funny. To me, it hurt each time she spoke that name.

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Day: 17

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

A Living Hope

Leah DiPascal

Day: 18

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

Half-Truths Hurt

Whitney Capps

Day: 19

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

A Confident Hope

Krista Williams

Day: 20

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The Benefits of Righteous Living

Wendy Pope

Weekend Teaching

Plan: Suffering and Sovereignty

The One Who Rights the Wrong