Main Idea: The way we respond to suffering reveals our view of God, therefore a faithful response honors God and comforts the hurting.
Head Change: To know that we are part of a larger cosmic story centered on God, not ourselves.
Heart Change: To feel comfortable allowing the mystery of our suffering to coexist with faith.
Life Change: To come alongside suffering friends as companions, comforting through our presence before using our words.
What is your favorite era of history to read or learn about?
History can be a fascinating study. Even when we examine cultures far different from our own, we discover a startling fact: we are all connected. Humanity shares remarkably similar experiences—our joys, pains, struggles, and hopes—no matter where or when they lived. And our stories are intricately connected. The past influences the present and our lives will influence the future.
In our session today, Francis Chan will show us the way our suffering points us to the story God is writing through all of humanity. The way you respond to God in your part of that story matters.
Job didn’t know the “why” of his suffering, but he had a choice in how to respond. His faith guided his actions—he did not just praise God during the good times but trusted his sovereignty even when the world seemed to fall apart.
In Job chapter 2, we see models of faithfulness in Job and his friends. When we suffer, or when we encounter others in pain, may the examples of Job and his friends lead us to an honest, humble faith. The world is broken, but God is still good.