Monthly Archives: August 2014

Is God just?

The problem of suffering can lead us to question if God is fair and just, and even condemn him. At times a touch of arrogance can sneak in as we say things like…

‘If there is a God how can he let innocent children die for no good reason?!’

‘I can’t accept a God who lets the good die young, while bad people live a long and happy life’

‘If there really is a God who is letting ebola virus wipe out thousands in Africa, then I don’t want to worship him anyway.’

In Job 38–41, God responds to Job’s questions and accusations. But rather than give an answer, God takes Job on a grand tour of the universe showing all he has made and that he sustains every moment. Job quickly sees there are many things he doesn’t understand, and will never understand.

Rather than a massive ‘put down,’ God is showing Job that he can be trusted… like a father playfully bouncing his baby on his knee.

Job doesn’t get a reason for suffering, instead he gets a revelation. He sees God can be trusted.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Why won’t God answer?

The search for answers can be the toughest aspect to suffering. After losing everything, Job in the Bible asks: ‘Why God?’

Perhaps more than any other time in life, suffering makes us feel inadequate. Despite all the advances humanity has made, some things still make no sense at all. What we lack is what the poet in Job 28:1–28 calls ‘wisdom.’

The search for wisdom doesn’t give Job an answer, but takes him to the God who rules all of his creation. Wisdom is knowing who has the answer:

The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding’ (Job 28:28).

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Service change this weekend

Please note service times will not be as usual this Sunday, instead…

Barwon District Anglican Churches invite you to join us 10am Sunday 24 August at St Peter’s Anglican Church, 21 Pitt St. Walgett, for a Barwon District service.

In our gathering we’ll consider from the Bible ‘Where is wisdom in tough times?’ (Job 28), have Sunday Club for the Kids, Holy Communion, good coffee (as usual!), and lunch. Our AGM will follow lunch. All welcome to part, or all, of the morning!

As such there will be no service at Collarenebri that Sunday, and no service at Cryon or Rowena for the month.

‘Why God?’

It’s one of the biggest questions a human can ask.

Job teaches us to be slow to answer ‘Why God?’ and instead be quick to listen to the pain.

As Christians, another great response is to pray with those in grief. We could pray thanking God he is our loving and good Father, He is in control, yet we feel _ _ _ _ (insert here feelings and emotions your friend has expressed, using their own words), ask that He would help us to rely on Him through our suffering and grief, thank Him for his plan of salvation in his Son Jesus, and praise Him for the day when there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.

What do you think about those suggestions?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

The Problem of Suffering

It’s a question we all wrestle with. For me it was in the workplace when cornered by a work mate:

‘If there really is a God, how could he let a coal train in Wales come up off its tracks and kill innocent children playing nearby?’

And, you have to agree, it’s a good question to ask.

The Bible tells us that God is all-powerful, all-loving, and all-knowing. And so how can suffering happen under His rule?

As we set out in the book of Job today we’ll see there is no simple or easy answer. The book of Job is long for good reason! As such, let’s encourage each other to come to church each week through this series, and read Job through the week, so that we can best wrestle with what God has to say to us, and help each other as we struggle with the problem of suffering.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.