Perspective on Suffering

Here’s another one I started two years ago after reading Living Life (“Do the Wicked Really Suffer?”). In Job 21, the protagonist is responding to his “friend” Zophar who is certain that Job is suffering because of unconfessed sin in his life. Job, though, argues that God does not operate in such a fashion. Such wisdom. As a contrasting example, he points to the wicked who do not experience suffering. Job had a proper perspective on his possessions and his wealth. Many do not. Leo Rhee writes in Living Life, “The key [when we experience jealousy at the wealth of the wicked] is how a person views God in prosperity or poverty, not the prosperity or poverty itself.” Although it’s hard to believe otherwise living in America, we must fight the urge to equate riches with blessings and sufferings with curses.


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