Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.
Here it is:
In the Old Testament book of Job we have the most difficult and severe truth about suffering – namely that we cannot question God. Job calls on God to explain why such sorrows and griefs have come upon him. But in response “the questioner is radically challenged to his right to pose questions in the first place.” God confronts Job with his own finitude, his inability to understand God’s counsels and purposes even if they were revealed, and his status as a sinner in no position to demand a comfortable life. Berger admits that this view of things has a strong logic to it, but that all by itself such a vision would be “hard to sustain for most people. . .”
The answer to the book of Job – that “God knows what He’s doing, so be quiet and trust Him” – is right but insufficient. It is inadequate because alone it is cold and the New Testament gives us more with which to face the terrors of life. We turned from God, but God did not abandon us . . . God came to earth in Jesus Christ and became subject to suffering and death himself.
Tim Keller, Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering, Page 114 & 121