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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
October 16, 2021

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

October 16, 2021

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Rich Nathan

Job 1

Job 1:1-3 (NIV) 1In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job 1:4-5 (NIV) 4His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Job 1:6-8 (NIV) 6One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” 8Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Job 1:8-12 (NIV) 8Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Job 1:13-15 (NIV) 13One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

I. Three big to life’s unfairness

A. The philosophy of : Life is .

Job 1:1 (NIV) In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

B. The philosophy of : Life is .

C. The philosophy of : Life is .

II. Three big to live despite life’s unfairness

A. God is whether I Him or not.

Genesis 39:20b-21a (NIV) 20bBut while Joseph was there in the prison, 21athe LORD was with him.

B. God is worth whether I Him or not.

Psalm 10:1 (NIV) Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 42:9 (NIV) I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”

C. God is worth whether I Him or not.

Job 1:8 (NIV) Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Job 1:9-11 (NIV) 9Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

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