The Suffering of Job…WHY?
“That which I have feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” Job 3:25
Why would God allow such a series of tragedies to happen to a man that God, Himself, said was the most upright man in all the earth? In Job 1 the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” I studied this book many years ago asking God for insight into why Job had to go through what he did, and this is what I believe the Lord helped me see.
The Lord loved Job so much that He wanted to remove every bit of fear from his life, and to cause his trust in the Lord to be so deep that Satan could never again tempt Job to be afraid of any earthly situation or experience.
As I started to prayerfully read the first three chapters of Job, I saw that Job, a good father, was afraid that his sons and daughters may have sinned against God (Job 1:5). He would prepare and offer burnt offerings for all of his children because, “it may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” From Job 1:13-18, Job lost everything…his property and his children. In Job chapter 2, Satan was permitted to attack his health (Job 2:6-7) and if that wasn’t the worst part, his own wife told Job, “why don’t you curse God and die” (Job 2:9). In all of this tragedy, Job did not sin with his lips. But in Job Chapter 3, I believe I came to understand what was in Job’s heart. I think he was deeply afraid of losing everything he ever possessed…his property, his children, his health and the compassion of his wife. Job finally declared, “that which I have greatly feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25).
You see, I believe that God loved Job so much that He used Satan to root out the fear that Job had in losing things and people in his life. When God restored everything in abundance back to Job he would NEVER fear losing anything again because he knew he could trust God with every part of his life. Read the end of the story, Job 42:12-17. God gave him more possessions, more children, more grandchildren, up to four generations, and he died, “old and full of days” (Job 42:17).
In light of Job’s life and the love God had for him, can you surrender whatever pain you are experiencing to the Lord believing that God has just as much care and love for you? Will you believe that your latter years can become greater than your former years, and that your life can be “full?"
Today’s Prayer: Father, I would never want the situations that happened to Job come and happen to me, but Your faithfulness is never ending. No matter what I’m going through, I can trust You to see me to the end of it with Your perfect love meeting me on the other side. Please help me to surrender all of my life to You and to trust You completely.
Today’s Challenge: Read the book of Job this week and dwell deeply on the last chapter; receive the blessing to yourself as Job did.