The Perfect Storm

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4, NLT)

 We’ve all experienced it. The excruciating pain of loss, the sting of betrayal, the bitterness of failure, the hurt of deep disappointment and the seeming randomness of suffering, We’ve silently wondered (or maybe even screamed) “Where is God in all of this? Why is this happening to me?”

The answer may surprise you.

 For 4 weeks we’ll unpack the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” In one of the oldest books of the Bible, the book of Job, God pulls back the curtain and gives us a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes of tragedy and suffering. But the answers we find there are more than a little disturbing. When bad things happen, our tendency is to wonder “What did I do wrong?” But what if the reason you’re going through a nightmarish storm is actually…because you’re doing things right?