#19 From my reading…

cover art, Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

from Chapter 8

“Is God Responsible?”

If God is less-than-powerful, why did he choose the worst possible situation [Job’s], when his power was most called into question, to boast about his power? … In the end, it was God’s presence that filled the void. But what lessons apply to the rest of us, those of us who did not have the privilege of hearing God’s speech in person?
God… fully accepts responsibility for running the universe, with all its attendant problems…. God doesn’t reveal his grand design. He reveals himself.”
As for Job, he had only one thing to worry about…. He needed to exercise responsibility in his response, the one area he, and not God, had control over.
This biblical pattern is so consistent that I must conclude the important issue facing Christians who suffer is not “Is God responsible?” but “How should I react now that this terrible thing has happened?”

Yancey, Philip. Where Is God When It Hurts? (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 1990), 116-117.

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