by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Often times I’ve heard people say, “There must be a reason…” when trying to explain the hurts, sorrows, suffering, and pain that befall those of us who walk along the paths of this broken world. I’ve said it myself and wondered, “There must be a reason, but what is it?”
In the Old Testament book of Job God allowed Satan to test blameless and upright Job’s devotion to God. Disaster upon disaster struck one right after the other.
Through it all, however, Job proved faithful. He questioned. Sure. But he never cursed God, like some told him to do.
Job’s friends accused him of unconfessed sins as the reason for his trouble. They said Job deserved punishment for whatever it was he’d done, but refused to admit. They blamed him for the disasters that caused unknown suffering.
It wasn’t until God spoke (chapters 38-41) that he set everyone straight as to who God was and how no mere man can stand against him.
He is God. We are not.
When questioned, Job answered, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (42:1)
Perhaps you feel like Job. Attacked on every side. Friends tell you it’s your own fault. Certainly there are times when our actions and sins do lead to pain and suffering, but not all sickness or loss is due to sin.
Like God said, Job was upright and righteous, yet God allowed Satan to attack Job.
Because, like Job, we don’t appreciate people telling us our illness, job loss, wayward child…is punishment for our unconfessed sins, we need to be equally careful not to accuse others in the same manner.
Ever feel like Job and wondered what the reason for your suffering could possibly be? Do you think it could be because God knows you are upright and righteous, and will stand the test?
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One day as the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan, the Accuser, came with them.
“Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.
And Satan replied, “From earth, where I’ve been watching everything that’s going on.”
Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a good man who fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”
“Why shouldn’t he when you pay him so well?” Satan scoffed. “You have always protected him and his home and his property from all harm. You have prospered everything he does—look how rich he is! No wonder he ‘worships’ you! But just take away his wealth, and you’ll see him curse you to your face!”
And the Lord replied to Satan, “You may do anything you like with his wealth, but don’t harm him physically.”
So Satan went away; and sure enough, not long afterwards when Job’s sons and daughters were dining at the oldest brother’s house, tragedy struck. Job 1:6-12 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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