Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The Sighs of a Suffering Soul #1 of 3

February 9, 2009
We've all seen Olympic track stars who fall...faces torn by anger and grief. Suffering: it's tough on national TV. It's tough anytime. Each of us either has experienced, or will experience some kind of suffering along life's track. It goes with the human condition. The story of Job teaches lessons about suffering that all of us need to hear for that time when it's our turn.

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When a runner trips and falls, the competitors run on by. Until the coach arrives, he or she bears the pain of defeat alone. During his severe trials, Job of old underwent great pain, yet he found little comfort from his three friends. He bore that pain alone, even in the midst of others. His experience teaches us how to really be there when a friend is in need.
February 6, 2009
What are friends for? Hopefully, to be there when you need them. Otherwise, you run life's race as if you're the only one on the track. When you're hit with bad news you can scarcely absorb, a friend can be a great help. However, the friends of Job were scant comfort when he was undergoing his severe trials. Their counsel demonstrated the limits of human understanding.
February 5, 2009
Human reason: it can only go so far in exploring life's deep issues like "why are we here?," and "why is there suffering?" And when three men pool their ignorance to help a friend in distress, the result can be worse than no help at all. That's what happened to Job. Has it ever happened to you? Well-meaning people can often cause more pain than they seek to relieve.
February 4, 2009
Friends...we all need them during life's hard times. But sometimes, well-meaning friends can do more harm than good. Today we'll meet some men who tried to help a suffering Job. Truly, with friends like these, who needs enemies? This Bible story reveals a lot about human nature and its limits in understanding God's purposes.
February 3, 2009
Our sense of justice is assaulted when bad things happen to good people. Our instincts say just the opposite should take place. The book of Job was written to help us understand why the righteous suffer in running their races of life. Here we can find an answer to the burning sense of unfairness we feel when treated unjustly. Today: we'll probe again the depths of God's purposes.
February 2, 2009
There are far worse things to lose than one's possessions. Even Job's great faith wilted when he lost his health. First you lose your savings, then your job, then your children. Finally, you learn you have terminal cancer. How would you handle the loss of everything? Would you curse God and die, as Job's wife urged? Stay tuned for answers to some really tough questions.
January 30, 2009
A hurricane destroys a coastal town. Cancer strikes a promising athlete. Bad things happen to good people, and we ask "Why?" Life's race can take tragic turns. Your retirement savings are vaporized by corrupt bankers. Your stock holdings turn to dust. We can be detoured into great sorrow and disappointment. But we must learn, as Job did, that God is still there.
January 29, 2009
When all is going well, believers have little sense of their need for God. But when calamity strikes, they'll tell a different story. When the economy fractures and your job is lost, finding the reason can be hard if not impossible. When you lose your health, or your child, something inside screams out "Why?" But, as Job of old found out, there is a supreme purpose for suffering.
January 28, 2009
Your son's on his bike. A distracted driver slams on the brakes...but too late to prevent your son's death. You cry out "why?" Life's race can be hard when the "whys" have no answer. Years can pass, and we're no closer to an answer than when our tragedies took place. A man named Job experienced great suffering, and the book that bears his name can teach us how to suffer as well.
January 27, 2009
A gymnast trains for years, performing flawlessly in practice. But at the Olympics she falls from the balance beam, crying "Why?" "Why" is the word that haunts us when things go seemingly wrong. Millennia ago, a man named Job showed us how to ask why. We'll hear his story, meet his well-meaning friends, and encounter the God whose purposes we cannot fathom.
January 26, 2009
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Living With Your Passions
In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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