The biblical Book of Job addresses the problem of suffering in a way that is superior to the way moderns tend to talk about it in three ways: (1) it never questions God’s sovereignty; (2) it recognizes our human tendency to assume that God’s righteous judgments will be intelligible and relatively immediate; (3) it emphasizes the role of dialogue (including especially dialogue with God) as the path of resolution for the problem of suffering.
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Wrestling With God in the Comments Section
God doesn’t need us to defend his integrity in the comments sections of the Internet. What he wants from us is that we be trusting enough in his goodness that we join with the world in wrestling with hard questions honestly and not piously ignoring them. Being a faithful witness for God isn’t about self-righteously dismissing doubters but about pointing to God in the midst of the doubts.
“Now I Know” – a sermon on Genesis 22:1-14
I’m more and more convinced that a place of despair and uncertainty is precisely where our relationship with God grows the closest and strongest. And what’s more, the growth in that relationship is not simply one-directional, meaning it is not simply our faith in God that grows.