Posted by: rusch | August 28, 2006

Job: A perfect man before God

The lesson in Sunday school covered the book of Job. I find it interesting that we could devote one lesson to a book of scripture that has forty-two chapters and is very philosophical. I especially enjoy the dialogue that takes place between Job and his friends, and then Job and Jehova towards that end of the book.

Kendall, our teacher, talked about trials and pointed out that a person may do all that they think is required to be considered righteous and still have problems, heartache, and disappointments.

Here are some of the highlights.

  • Children of God are not only sent to earth to have joy but also to experience pain.
  • Modern Prophets have taught that before we receive the great blessing of eternal life, we will be tried as Abraham.
  • When sorrow comes our way, we should understand that it is not always the result of wrong doing on our part.
  • Those who put their trust in God will be lifted and delivered from pain if not in mortality, then in immortality; men and women will recieve all that they should have recieved while living.
  • We should do all we can to alleviate suffering in the world.

A friend of mine is falling apart. As I see it, her disenchantment is the result of perceived promises not being fulfilled. In part I can understand why she would struggle. In all honesty like me, she probably only learned part of the gospel.

The youth are often taught that righteousness and happiness are connected and that sadness is the result of sin. Sin does bring sorrow, but the innocent, those who do not deserve it suffer. If we are not so careful with what we teach, especially to the youth, it will lead to dissonance later in life that their faith may not be able to overcome because they have put there faith in partially true teachings.

I think this is why Job and Abraham are some of my favorite people in scripture. They were righteous despite things going so poorly for them much of the time.

If they could endure, then so can I. I only hope that I can help my friend see that even though things have not worked out as she thought, that the Church is still true and a good place. I only hope that I will remember if I ever teach the youth again, to tell the whole story with the hope that they will face disappointment better then I have.

For all those interested I send me an email, chris.rusch@gmail.com and I will send you a PDF of a great article called The Uses of Adversity. Carlfred Broderick, the Author, deals with the idea of righteous suffering in great detail.


Responses

  1. Chris, these are thoughtful, trenchant remarks concerning adversity. Yes–teach them the truth. The Youth will understand, despite the fact that they all live like they’re never going to die, and they rarely pay attention to anything that did not happen within the last 15 minutes. Adolescents have plenty of adversity and pain, and are able to comprehend its uses if we teach them thus.
    Good piece.

  2. You said “Modern Prophets have taught that before we receive the great blessing of eternal life, we will be tried as Abraham.”

    Are you a Mormon?


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