Such suffering is called a suffering for god's or christ's sake (jeremiah 15:15 acts 9:16 philippians 1:29 2 timothy 1:12) this fellowship in suffering unites us with the saints of god in all times ( james 5:10 ), and is indeed a fellowship with the lord himself ( philippians 3:10 ), who uses this discipline to mold us more and more according to his character. Man can put [the question of the meaning of suffering] to god with all the emotion of his heart and with his mind full of dismay and anxiety and god expects the question and listens to it, as we see in the revelation of the old testament.
Suffering is only to be thought of as a positive experience in the case of achieving a higher meaning of life, such as jesus suffering for the lives of other people as was the case during the atonement suffering is the time to find god and value faith while doing so.
“what does all of this mean”: job speaks of foundational themes every human being contends with, especially in times of suffering “god’s character”: the book of job defends the character of a loving and righteous god in spite of earth’s obvious evils and injustices. Suffering the experience of physical pain and/or mental distress the words and phrases in the bible expressing this concept are too numerous to list the old testament, intertestamental literature, and the new testament present two perspectives on human suffering on the one hand, suffering is the consequence of the flawed nature of creation. Reflections on suffering from the book of job 437 was also at work in job's suffering but this does not mean god is unconcerned about what happens to his people we must admit that god plays in a higher league than we do his ways are far above our ways god is greater in intellect, power, and knowledge.
Job's three friends had taken the position that the severity of job's suffering must be the sign of some grievous sin in his life god is punishing job but job silences these three by showing that is no correlation in this world between righteousness and prosperity or between wickedness and suffering. The lesson from the big book of job is 1) that god is sovereign over all our suffering 2) he permits satan to come into our lives and do horrible things to us 3) he means to prove our faith and purify our lives through it 4) in the end he will make it good, either in this life or in the life to come and 5) satan does not have the last word. A catholic reflection on the meaning of suffering aug 9th, 2009 | by bryan cross | category: blog posts and in our modern american world we do a pretty good job of pretending that suffering is the exception rather than the rule in that i think we develop a fear of suffering that is sometimes out of proportion.
Job’s patience stands out because job’s story is extreme in the amount of suffering he endured job lost all of his children and his wealth in a single day job lost all of his children and his wealth in a single day. The suffering of a man named job explains much about why character is more important in god's eyes than the discomfort and pain we experience in this life. Landscape of the book of job the location of god's conversations with satan is not specified, although satan said he had come from the earth job's home in uz was northeast of palestine, perhaps between damascus and the euphrates river themes in the book of job while suffering is the chief theme of the book, a reason for suffering is not given.
The book of job is one of the most problematic portions of the bible and has called forth a variety of interpretations a major difficulty in understanding the meaning of the book is, what insight leads job to submit so humbly to god at the end. If job’s friends lived close by, and if the dialogues all took place on the same day, and if god’s revelation occurred immediately following, and if job’s friends did not delay in making things right, then it’s possible that job’s suffering would have lasted for eight or nine days however, if there were gaps between any of those.
Reflections on suffering from the book of job 3 undeserved suffering, therefore, serves as a dependable, god, however, was also at work in job’s suffering but this does not mean god is unconcerned about what happens to his people “we must admit that god plays in a higher league than we do his ways are far above our ways god is.