Sermon Outline October 7, 2018

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

 

Text:  Job  1:1; 1:1-10  There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job.  He was blameless and upright, one who served God and turned away from evil. 

Job said, “Should we receive good at the hand of God and not receive the bad?”

 

I.  Job is rich and famous—he has it all.   WHY?

     A.  St. Augustine distinguished two kinds of love:

          1.  Uti:  love of use

          2.  Frui:  love for what it is; not what it does

     B.  Augustine says we often love God with uti love

     C.  Westminster Catechism: question one

 

II.   Shouldn’t God keep us safe, fed, and happy?

     A.  Why do bad things happen to good people? 

     B.  Suffering is NOT God’s will

     C.  In Job, the devil did NOT do it!

     D:  To get our attention?  An obscene suggestion

     E.  Human fallibility—poor choices in free will—is real

 

III.  There is no good explanation for suffering

     A.  Amy Tan’s “The Kitchen God’s Wife”

     B.  Neat, tidy platitudes are transparently false

     C.  Starting point:  God is LOVE, runs the risk for love

     D.  Jesus didn’t ask why—he was outraged at it; resisted it

     E.  Jesus is always with us; God’s presence never leaves us

 

IV.  Did Job; do we serve God for nothing?

     A.  We serve God because God loves us and is with us

     B.  We might not have all the answers, but we have God

     C.  “Some become strong in the broken places”

     D.  We need to stand with those who suffer…

     E.  And discover God is in our midst too!