Why Suffering
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Why Suffering

From Series: My Times Are In Your Hands

Job 16:7-17  (ID: 2163)

The Christian is not immune to the human experience of pain, suffering, and evil. In this study of Job 16:7-17, Alistair Begg examines the various reasons why God allows suffering, the human responses to life's difficulties, and the provisions God makes for His people in the midst of such trials.


7Surely now God has worn me out;

he has1 made desolate all my company.

8And he has shriveled me up,

which is a witness against me,

and my leanness has risen up against me;

it testifies to my face.

9He has torn me in his wrath and hated me;

he has gnashed his teeth at me;

my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

10Men have gaped at me with their mouth;

they have struck me insolently on the cheek;

they mass themselves together against me.

11God gives me up to the ungodly

and casts me into the hands of the wicked.

12I was at ease, and he broke me apart;

he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;

he set me up as his target;

13his archers surround me.

He slashes open my kidneys and does not spare;

he pours out my gall on the ground.

14He breaks me with breach upon breach;

he runs upon me like a warrior.

15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin

and have laid my strength in the dust.

16My face is red with weeping,

and on my eyelids is deep darkness,

17although there is no violence in my hands,

and my prayer is pure.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.