Questions and Doubts

Rich Rockwood

READ : Job 4:1-9 Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? (v. 7 NIV) When a personal tragedy strikes it brings our lives to a jolting stop. Later on we try to understand the reasons why it happened. From our early years we are taught that there is a reason for everything that happens and that we’re usually to blame. Cavities formed in our teeth because we didn’t brush them. We did poorly on a …

Shock Waves

Rich Rockwood

READ : Job 3:20-26 For sighing comes to me instead of food; my groans pour out like water. (v. 24 NIV) What is it like to lose a loved one? It is a mind-numbing experience that seems impossible to describe. It is a wounding of the soul that displaces for a time the ability to make decisions or remember details. Job speaks poignantly of his physical symptoms preventing him from any rest. He cannot eat. He cannot stop himself from …

Three Men Sat Silently on the Ground

Rich Rockwood

READ : Job 2:11-13 Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was. (Job 2:13 NIV) What do you say to a friend or a loved one who is going through a personal tragedy? Maybe he just heard his cancer is inoperable. Maybe she’s confirmed that her husband is having an affair. Perhaps their house is a smoky ruin from …