Dr. Adam Dooley, senior pastor of Dauphin Way Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., related his own family’s story to the story of Job.
“If you are familiar with the story of Job, you know it is not one you want to be part of,” said Dooley.
Two and half years ago, Dooley’s young son Carson was diagnosed with leukemia. As Carson endured dozens of intense cancer treatments, sickness and more, Dooley has struggled with fear and anger.
From his reading of Job, Dooley has come to understand his son’s illness not as a personal attack against him or his family, but as Satan’s attack on God’s glory.
In the story of Job, Satan accuses God of buying Job’s worship and bribing him for his affection. Satan attempts to undermine the relationship by attacking Job.
“Your life and my life are a battle ground for God’s glory,” said Dooley. “There are times when you suffer when it has absolutely nothing to do with us and has everything to do with Him.”
Even so, “just because Satan’s primary agenda is defaming God’s glory doesn’t mean it hurts any less.”