Lots of Christians look for Satan behind every bush. Wake up in a sour mood? Must be Satan. Argue with a family member? The Devil strikes again. Bad weather wreaks havoc on the commute? Who else could be working in that? No one but Satan!
Those who see Satan in all of life's negatives often point to Job 2 as evidence: the Lord used Satan to test Job; therefore, all the negatives that happen in our lives are also the work of Satan. However, that conclusion doesn't follow the evidence. Satan certainly did afflict Job, but there's nothing in the Bible to suggest that all our suffering is a result of similar testing. Satan brought about Job's suffering, but that doesn't mean that we should see the Devil behind every negative in our own lives. There are at least four causes of our suffering.
So where does your suffering come from? The Bible offers no evidence that Job ever knew about Satan's role in his ill health or the death of his children, servants, and livestock. Suggesting as much in our own lives is probably taking it a step too far. Rather, our suffering should prompt us to correct wickedness in our own lives, forgive those who have sinned against us, and reach out to God for comfort and guidance as we seek to persevere in the righteousness to which He has called us.
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The older I get, the less excited I am about theory . . . and the more I care about reality. Who cares if the stuff that flows from my pen stimulates the intellect and gives folks fodder for philosophizing? So what if these words tickle ears and answer questions nobody is asking? Provocative, relevant, issue-related writing with enough creativity and honesty to keep the reader reading is what interests me . . . not much else. And so every once in a while I frown, squint, and peer objectively at a page and ask hard questions: Am I in touch? Is this worth mentioning? Does it scratch an itch? Will it make any difference?The Power of a Story
When he had to confront King David, Nathan told a story. When Joshua urged Israel to choose whom they would serve, he told a story. When the Son of God wanted to reveal truth to His followers, He too told a story.
The Plan in a Child's Heart
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
but a man of understanding draws it out. (Proverbs 20:5)
God has revealed His Word in a divine book, called in English, the Bible. God not only inspired the biblical authors as they recorded His special message, He also takes great delight in illuminating our minds with an understanding of it.
We’ve learned the value of observation, seeing what God has written, and interpretation, understanding what a given passage means. In this message, we will explore correlation, the step that compares verses with other verses in order to gain a balanced and reasonable understanding of God’s truth.All Sermons by Chuck Swindoll