Signs of the Times

[Rev. Alvin E. Magary, as quoted in the Binghamton Press, New York]

There are doubtless men and women here today who have undergone severe trials and anguish of soul during these past few years . . . Some, through no fault of their own, have lost the savings of a lifetime and face old age with no assurance of material security. . . . There are friends whose friendship has been betrayed. Who shall be able, in such a place as this, to read the hearts of men and women, and discern the sorrows they suffer and the burdens they bear? . . .

The story of Job and the story of Jesus have much in common. Both set forth the tragic riddle, Why do the righteous suffer? . . . In the drama of Job, misfortune is piled upon misfortune until the man has suffered all the ills "that flesh is heir to." His money—his friends—his family—his health, are all swept away, yet the man himself is left untouched. He longs for the peace of the grave, but he does not surrender. The sovereign integrity of his soul remains when all else is gone, and he maintains his manhood. . . .

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