Wisdom & Suffering

Dear Mosaic Family,

Tomorrow, we finish up our "Adulting" series, by talking about wisdom and suffering. We've looked at what the ancient wisdom literature teaches us about navigating some of the most consequential areas of life: sex, money, relationships, self-control, and work. One of the things we learned about the book of Proverbs, in particular, is the wisdom literature gives us principles and probabilities, not necessarily promises. Tomorrow we ask the question: if I pursue wisdom in every area of life, why do I still experience setbacks, disappointment, and sometimes, even, suffering. Why do bad things happen to wise people? In order to live life as an adult, instead of as a pouty child when things don't go as planned, you need a robust practical theology of suffering.

In order to help us begin to develop a framework for understand our suffering, even when we live wisely and righteously, we will look to the ancient book of Job, which is actually one of the central books of ancient wisdom literature. We're told that Job was one of the wisest people to have ever lived, "blameless, upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil." God Himself described Job as being so righteous, to the point that "there is none like him on the earth." Then we begin to read about all the heart-wrenching suffering Job experienced, including the tragic deaths of his children and finally losing his health. When Job hears about all the calamities, with which he had been stricken, the Scriptures tell us that he "fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

As the book progresses, we hear Job crying out to God, begging for answers. We see Job reassessing everything he had thought he believed about God. It's a powerful and profound account of a man suffering, yet trusting in God. In preparation for the sermon, I recommend you read the book. If you're time is limited, At least read the first two chapters, and the last five chapters. You'll be blessed!

Join us tomorrow as we unwrap all the incredible insights ancient wisdom has to offer us regarding disappointment, pain, and suffering. 

Praying for you,
Pastor Jan




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