4 – God’s Power in Suffering
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6
What we receive in our suffering is a revelation of God which far exceeds receiving an explanation from God.
1. God’s power is great.
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand” Job 38:3-5
2. God’s purpose is guaranteed.
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2
Satan’s attempts to attack God’s people only serve to accomplish God’s purpose.
3. God’s knowledge is perfect.
“‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” Job 42:3
4. God’s mercy is personal.
“My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” Job 42:5
- Do you still find yourself seeking explanations from God over revelation of God (meaning do you want answers or do you just want God)? Why is that difference so important?
- What have you learned about God in suffering that you don’t think you could have learned any other way?
- Is knowing God more fully worth the pain of your suffering? What does your answer reveal about your relationship with (or pursuit of) God?
- What hope do you hold to when to comes to suffering on this earth versus what is to come?
- What are the big takeaways for you from this “Broken” series?