Who Caused Job’s Suffering?

Job 1:1–2:3


Who caused Job’s suffering? Sin, Satan, or our sovereign God? In this lab, John Piper explains that behind the suffering Job endured stood a good God with a plan to shame the devil, bless his servant, and exalt his own name.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Job:

  1. How might you react if you lost all your income, your family, and your health? How does Job respond (Job 1:20–21)?
  2. Read Job 2:3. Who caused Job’s suffering? How does this affect how we think about God? How did James view God’s role in Job’s story (James 5:11)?
  3. How can you use the opening chapters of Job to fight cynicism in your suffering?

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Principle for Bible Reading

Find Promises in Who God Is

Golden promises shine in the Old and New Testaments, and it is the Christian’s inheritance to find, claim, and enjoy them.

The Bible is a book full of promises. We can excavate some of them in places many do not see at first glance. Most identify promises where people swear that they will do something for someone else. But John Piper also finds implicit promises in statements concerning who God is or what he does. When texts describe God’s unchanging character or disposition towards his people, they are promises for us today.