Job 1: 1 (ESV) There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
Are you familiar with the story of Job? The Bible tells us Job was a godly man. Yet, he lost everything, his wealth, family, and his health. Why did all of this happen, especially to such a man of God? When you read the story of Job, we discover his suffering was the result of spiritual warfare. In fact we see in chapter 1 of Job, that God volunteered Job for this spiritual warfare.
Yet, Job didn’t know this. His friends accused him of secret sin. And as time passed Job grew increasingly upset and confused, he even began to question God’s sense of purpose for his life. Do you ever wonder why the Lord is allowing certain painful situations to happen in your life? Is it possible that the Lord knows you can trusted with trouble? We are made in the crucible of pain many times.
Knowing how to respond to tragedy is never easy. Maybe it’s the terrible sense of loss you feel. Perhaps it’s the desire to know why the tragic event happened that leaves you feeling alienated and alone. Was it something you did? Was it someone else’s fault? So many questions and not enough answers many times.
Finally in the end of Chapter 42 of Job, Job’s arguments were silenced before God. While God never explained fully to Job why the disasters had befallen him, he did bring Job to a place of humble surrender. This increased Job’s understanding of God and gave him the proper perspective to continue life. Jo b embraces that the Lord was with him in his tragedy and pain and had not done anything to deserve this time in his life.
Point to ponder- Neither Job nor any other man who has suffered a serious loss can ever fully understand why this tragedy has happened. But if you are willing to seek God and surrender your life and your situation into his powerful hands, God will do a work in you and through you that will restore your spirit and bring Him honor and glory.
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