1 Peter, Affliction, Biblical Counseling, Discipleship, Elihu, eternity, God, Job, Job 36, Sin, Trial
In times of trial, sin presents itself as an escape, as a remedy. If I have been hurt, return anger. If I have been wronged, slander. If I am poor, steal. If I am lonely, defile my body.
In each instance, we must believe that God has done wrong and therefore we may/must sin to remedy that wrong. Thus, our difficulty lies in our theology not our circumstance.
God who is eternal can see what the circumstance will work; we must in faith trust that God does right. In humility we must cast our care upon God (1 Peter 5:5-6).
As Elihu says in Job 36:21-26:
21 Take care; do not turn to iniquity, for this you have chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?
24 “Remember to extol his work, of which men have sung.
25 All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar.
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.