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Title: God's Purpose in Suffering


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Introduction
  • Imagine a life where there is
  • No pain or heartaches to deal with.
  • Nothing to worry about.
  • Sounds a bit like heaven, doesnt it?

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Introduction
  • In our effort to avoid pain and suffering we
    strive to make this world as comfortable a place
    to live.
  • We crave activities that are fun and enjoyable.
  • This lifestyle over time brings about a fond
    attachment to this world.

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Introduction
  • This lifestyle makes it difficult for us to see
    Gods purpose for suffering in our lives. Cp.
    Ecc. 74
  • In this lesson
  • We look at our natural desire to steer clear
    from pain and suffering.
  • Note that when we look beyondour lives we begin
    to see God's purpose in pain and suffering.

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OUR Natural Desire Avoid Pain and Suffering
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In our modern western culture life is centered on
comfort
  • Our meals and refreshments easy to attain
    comfort foods.
  • Our homes and cars luxurious and comfortable.

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We strives to avoid pain and suffering
altogether.
  • Youth sports so that no one suffers the agony of
    defeat trophies for all.
  • Medicines instant comfort for our aches and
    pain.
  • Parent-child relationships forgo tough love
    to avoid our/their pain and suffering.

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None of the above are wrong
  • It does, underscore a general mindset that
    affects how we view pain and suffering.
  • In the end our attitude becomes one of
    self-sufficiency in need of nothing or anyone
    elseincluding God.
  • NOTE a lack of trials in our lives make for
    greater difficulty coping with the realities of
    pain and suffering.

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Our Natural Desire Avoid Pain and Suffering
  • We become attached to the comforts of this life
  • When trials that result in pain and suffering
    come we have difficulty coping with its
    realities.

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SEEINGGods PurposeIn Pain and Suffering
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It causes us to look INWARD
  • Chronic comfort makes it is difficult to see
    beyond our personal circumstances.
  • Yet, pain and suffering finds us all and causes
    us to look inward and realize our end.
  • Looking inward helps us realize we are lacking
    and need to lookelsewhere for relief from our
    pain and suffering. Jas. 414

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It causes us to look UPWARD
  • When we are faced with pain and suffering we
    naturally look to beyond ourselves for comfort.
  • If we look up to the heavens we will find a God
    who longs to be our Comforter.
  • He provides us comfort through all our trials. 2
    Cor. 13-4

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It causes us to look OUTWARD
  • Looking outward is the beginning of selflessness.
  • Having looked upward to God we learn of love in
    providing us eternal comfort through Jesus. 2
    Thess. 216
  • Looking outward moves us to imitate our God of
    comfort bycomforting others in need. cp. 2 Cor.
    14

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Conclusion
  • Living only for self makes it difficult to see
    God.
  • Pain and suffering, however, have a way for
    those who look beyond themselves to find Gods
    purpose in it. Matt. 53-6
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