Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 5 Study # 6
June 10, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<410> Thesis: The permission of God to the wicked automatically means the righteous suffer, but it does not automatically mean that He has cast us off. Introduction: It may well be that the suffering of the believer remains the most problematic issue of our experience. No one seems to have any "problems" with God when everything is running along smoothly and no injustices are being experienced. Nor does anyone have any particular problem with being treated better than they "deserve". No, the "problems" arise when there are difficulties and they get worse when we think we are being treated worse than we "deserve". Because Paul was completely invested in being an apostle of the Servant King, addressing any thought, way of thinking, or attitude that could sidetrack the loyalties of the Servant King's servants was high on his list of important things. Given that commitment and the reality that "suffering" and, particularly, "suffering injustice", seems to be one of the greatest "problems" of human loyalty, it is no surprise that Paul appealed to Psalm 44:22 in his letter to the Romans at the point of 8:36. This evening we are going to see if we can follow Paul's argument so that we may understand the commitment of God to those who trust in Him.