Suffering is the hardest problem to understand. It is a puzzle. Think of the *Lord Jesus on the cross. His experience was terrible. He had the most awful:
· Physical suffering;
· Mental pain and despair;
· Spiritual sense of being alone. (Spiritual means anything to do with the things of God.)
Jesus used the same word as millions of other people. He cried out: ‘My God, Why...?’
Job had an awful problem. But first, there is something that we must understand.
Suffering brings many problems. They can be complicated. Suffering is a part of human experience. Life can be full of pain and despair. The Book of Job does not give easy, clear answers. It:
· shows the problem as it really is.
· gives an honest record of the sufferer’s doubts.
· removes some common ideas about suffering. (One of these is that suffering is a punishment for *sin.)
· suggests the right attitude about trouble and pain.
So, the Book of Job has a very important message. It is a great literary work too. Martin Luther (1483-1546 *AD) described it. He said that it was the most excellent Bible book. It was a Bible book of best quality too.
People often speak about suffering in a certain way. They say that they do not deserve it. This kind of suffering often brings awful despair. At these times, Job’s bad experience can help them. It has been like this in each century.
Let us meet this man in despair. Notice some great truths. They appear from his awful experience.