Posted July 1st, 2016
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
This weekend we kick off our summer sermon series, "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" If I had to guess, it is a question all of us have asked at one time or another. I know I have...probably more times than I would like to care to admit. We've all known somebody - one of those all-around good people - who has faced tragedy. "Of all people, God, why him? Why her?" we cry out to the heavens. It just doesn't make sense.
The biblical character of Job and the book that bears his name offer us a wonderful opportunity to engage with God our questions about suffering. Old Testament Professor Kathryn M. Schifferdecker reminds us, "The story of Job should be read as a parable, not a historical account." Rather than recount historical events, the story of the character of Job provides a vehicle for scripture to address the big question, "Why do bad things happen to good people." God's word in Job is just as relevant for us today as it was to ancient Israel.
I should be honest with you from the start, however. There are no easy answers in the book of Job. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to our questions about suffering. Instead, there is a promise. A promise and a hope that runs throughout God's response to Job that eventually lead him to proclaim, "For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God." (Job 19:25-26)
For the next six weeks, I invite you to delve with me into the book of Job as we hear God's word for all of us who have ever asked the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Join us for worship each week and read along at home as well. On page 2 there is a six week reading plan to make your way through the book of Job. Worship, read, pray and - above all - listen to what God has to say to us this summer.