Everybody hurts. It's not just a classic song by REM; it's the lived experience of every human being. One way or another, we've all been acquainted with suffering. We've all seen our dreams dashed, our comfort disrupted, our hearts broken.
So what's the point of it all? Or does it even have a point? Is there some way to avoid the pain of the world and insulate ourselves from the hurt? Or are we stuck in a hopeless cycle misery? Oh, and where's God in all of this? Isn't he supposed to be strong enough to stop the suffering? And if so, why doesn't he seem to be doing it?
By looking at the suffering-filled life of Joseph recounted in the book of Genesis, we're trying to make sense of this topic. No easy answers, no simple solutions. Just some honest wrestling with a God who claims to somehow bring good out of the worst life has to offer.
Dashed Dreams (Genesis 37)
Posterior Knife Wounds (Genesis 39)