Dealing With Suffering, Setbacks, Satanic Attacks And A Sovereign God – Part 2
Lessons We Can’t Miss From vs. 20-22
Yancey, “Suffering contributes the ingredients of the story, not its central theme.”
God is Trying to Change Our Questions From ‘Why’ to ‘For What Purpose?’
Jesus Promised His followers 3 things (Wiersbe):
Paul Powell, “Life is like a grindstone. Whether we are ground down or polished up by it depends on what we are made of and how we respond to it. Troubles make some better and some bitter…Some grow wings and others grab for crutches…more and more I realize it is not what happens to us, but what happens in us that ultimately matters.”
Test Question: Is God and God alone worthy of our love even if we spend our our life in trouble?
There Are Promises We Need To Hang Onto And Teach Our People About How To Face The Difficulties Of Life.
Job never knew the ‘WHY’ behind his suffering. In Chapters 38-41, God asks Job 77 questions and God doesn’t get one answer….Job couldn’t answer them and God didn’t answer His. He had to learn ‘the just shall live by faith…’ God doesn’t settle his accounts until the judgement.
4 Mistakes Your Friends And Enemies Will Make When You’re Going Through Trials. (Based on Job’s 3 Friends and their responses).
Dr. Julius Segal, “Threatened by the possibility that catastrophes can befall good people like ourselves, a surprising number of us decide that victims of misfortune are simply bad people. Moreover, by stigmatizing those in crisis, we manage to create a safe distance between us and them.”
©2004 Michael C. Catt. All rights reserved.
Michael served as the President of the Large Church Roundtable, the Southern Baptist Convention as an IMB Trustee, President of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Preaching Conference, Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and President of the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. He has spoken at conferences, colleges, seminaries, rallies, camps, NBA and college chapel services, well as The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Michael is the recipient of The Martin Luther King Award, The MLK Unity Award, and a Georgia Senate Resolution in recognition of his work in the community and in racial reconciliation.
Michael and his wife, Terri, have two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.