Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Sept- 19- The Case for God-s Love
September 8 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Job 40:1-9; Romans 8:18-21, 28-30

“God is love” (1 John 4:8b, NIV).

We know in our heads that God is love because the Bible tells us so. We know in our hearts that God is love because we feel His love surrounding us on a daily basis.

That all sounds great when things are going the way you had planned. But what happens when the bottom falls out from under you? You lose your job. You are diagnosed with cancer. A loved one dies.

The picture now gets a little cloudy, doesn’t it?

You know God loves you, but you just don’t understand why He would allow these things to be happening to you.

It reminds me of a book I bought after my husband, Terry, died in 1992 — If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?

Don’t get me wrong. I knew in my head that God loved me. I even felt His love sustaining me as I tried to raise my two young sons as a widowed mom at the age of 37.

In my mind, however, it seemed like God must have blinked — or looked the other way for just a second — and I simply fell from the palm of His hand for a few moments.

Now you and I know I didn’t fall from God’s hand. And I didn’t fall out of His plan for my life.

God is faithful and His love for you and me never changes.

This week’s lesson helps us understand some very important truths about suffering and God’s unchanging love.

First of all, we are not God. “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?” (Job 40:2, NIV). We have finite knowledge while God’s knowledge is infinite. God sees the entire picture of our lives while we only see the snapshot of the moment in which we are living.

Second, nothing that happens in the life of a Christian is ever wasted when placed into the hands of our loving Heavenly Father. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18, NIV). Many times God uses the difficulties and trials we have endured to minister to others in their time of need.

And lastly, as believers, we can trust God completely — regardless of our circumstances — because of His great love for us. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28, NIV).    
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