By Lindsay Armstrong
Last Sunday’s sermon on Job impacted me, and I wanted to share and reflect upon the impact the sermon had on my perception of God, the world, and my own life. This was a humbling sermon, and it lifted a veil of darkness from my eyes and helped me to see more clearly what has been happening to me.
When I went to college, I had a strong faith in God that I thought could never be shaken. I learned to depend upon God early on in life. I experienced the closeness of his presence regularly during my quiet times. During those times, I would close the door to my bedroom, lay down on the floor or kneel by my bed, close my eyes, and let God talk to me through his word and through journaling.
Continue reading Opened Eyes to Wisdom, Doubt, and Cynicism
To go along with the limited time I’m spending on Job right now – just one sermon. Let me add a few things that can help you look a little deeper. First, John Piper did a book that is essentially a poll on telling the life story of Job. Desiring God ministries turned it into an animated art film that is on iTunes and you can rent or buy here. Piper’s biblical poetry is amazingly good. His hour and 20 minute sermon is here. Oh – that’s just part one. The second part is here. Connected to missions and suffering is this talk “Purpose driven death.” Piper has thought a lot about how suffering relates to the sovereignty of God – and how all suffering has a relation to God’s good purposes. He’s neither flippant with human suffering nor the doctrine of God’s rule over all things.
Keller’s first sermon in their series on Job can be found here. You can listen to it directly here.
I’ve had a number of conversations recently with people asking why they are going through something. On some level many believe it’s a test. However, tests are actions for omniscient beings. Why would God give a painful test to find out an answer he already knows?
See if this explanation helps.
Some tests are merely exercises to find out how much we know – or perhaps who we are. However, some tests – those we have often called trials – are tests that actually make us into something rather than just reveal what we already are. That is, we become something in the test – it forces a choice and therefore a definition of identity and character.
This doesn’t change the issue of omniscience. God still knows the end from the beginning. It just changes the status of whether or not we needed the test. Continue reading Is God Testing Me?