An exploration of the Book of Job. This ancient text wrestles with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people. The book does not provide easy answers, but invites us to engage with the mystery of God — a God who wants to be in relationship with us. All are invited to further study by doing daily readings during the course of this series; our Wednesday Bible study group is also engaging the Sunday text each week.
While there is “no reason” for Job’s suffering, God makes the ultimate “lemonade out of lemons” — always responding with grace and opportunity for healing and growth. We would do well to look for signs of this in our “times of trial.” Actually, this lesson from Job is an overarching theme of the entire Bible. Time and time again, God’s people experience difficulty. Sometimes the hardships come as a direct result of being faithful — the chosen one is targeted by enemies. And yet, these heroes and heroines persevere, and something even better comes about — often, a result that blesses a whole community.