NextLevel Online: Mesmerized: A Study of Glory in the Scripture

Session 7: “Glory’s Companion” Part 2

So how in the world can “suffering” and the “glory of God” be compatible? Why would a believer suffer?



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So how in the world can “suffering” and the “glory of God” be compatible?

Why would a believer suffer? We suffer because it is a broken world. We suffer because we love people on Christ’s behalf. But there must be more at play than just those answers.

Looking at suffering through the story of Job.

  • Job suffers greatly (Job 1 and 2)

  • God does appear. (Job 38) - Instead of answering Job he begins to ask Job questions.

    • Do you understand my power?

    • What if God’s wisdom is as high and great as his power?

  • Job says, “I shut and cover my mouth”. (Job 40)

What if there is more behind the “veil” than I know?

There are 3 general categories where you see suffering and God’s wisdom at work.

  • God uses suffering to purify and redeem Jonah’s own life. (Book of Jonah)

  • God uses Joseph’s suffering for the saving of other lives. (Genesis 37-50)

  • And Job’s life and suffering has encouraged us and helped us to better see God and his glory.

Can you thank me that I trust you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?”

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