Why do we suffer? Why do bad things seem to happen to good people? Is God punishing me because I sinned? You and I are confronted by these questions every day. When a tragedy occurs, we try to comfort those who are suffering, but we often stumble over what to say. The Bible has long been a source of comfort, but what exactly does it teach about suffering? Can it help us learn how to cope with tragedy while offering comfort to others? The Bible does talk about suffering—quite extensively. The book of Job is an extended reflection on suffering: why it happens, what we can know about it, and where we should draw our comfort. The New Testament is replete with teaching on suffering, tragedies, and death. All of these teachings point us to Christ, our Savior and only comfort. We have hope in the gospel, and we can confidently say with Job “For I know that my redeemer lives”!
This eight-part study is divided into three sections. Lessons 1–3 lay the groundwork for how we are to understand suffering. They examine the reality of suffering and its causes and give us the categories and framework for doing so. Lessons 4–7 look at responses to suffering using the book of Job as a case study. Finally, Lesson 8 provides a guide for helping those who are suffering. The centrality of the gospel is highlighted as the basis for our hope and comfort.
This kit includes:
If this study about biblical suffering whets your appetite to understand how to properly read and interpret Scripture you may want to consider our “How to Read Your Bible” Study Kit as well.
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