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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

How familiar are you with pain and suffering? How about pain and suffering that was not a result of anything you did, said, or didn’t do?


This is the current topic of discussion between the Teacher and The Preacher. It centers on the life of a guy named Job.


Other than being from Uz, the first thing the Bible tells us about Job is that he was righteous and godly, “blameless and upright,” a man who “feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:2). Job was not only righteous, but also wealthy. We also know Job was a man greatly tested by God and even more greatly blessed by God.


Job then experiences ultimate human suffering at the hand of Satan but allowed by God.

  • The Sabeans attacked and stole all of Job’s oxen and donkeys and killed a portion of his servants (Job 1:14-15).

  • Fire fell from the sky “and burned up the sheep” and more of Job’s servants (Job 1:16).

  • The Chaldeans attacked and stole Job’s camels, killing even more of his servants (Job 1:17).

  • “A mighty wind swept in from the desert” and destroyed the house where all of Job’s children were gathered for a feast, killing all of them (Job 1:18-19).

  • Satan “afflicted Job with painful sores” from the bottoms of his feet to the top of his head (Job 2:7).

We can only imagine the questions and thoughts that ran through Job’s mind. How did Job respond?


Check it out by catching the story of Job Part 2 - Just click on the photo below:



Dave McGarrah - The Preacher

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