In the book of Job, God offers him to Satan.
He asks Satan if he’d ever considered Job and how righteous he was.
Satan is allowed to do anything he wants to Job except kill him. WOW!
So the guy loses all of his kids, livestock and property in one fell swoop.
He never blames God.
So, God gives him to Satan again.
Satan is now allowed to hurt him physically but still can’t kill him.
You know, make it so he wants to die but can’t.
This blows my mind. Every time.
When Jobs wife tells him to curse God and die already, he says ” should we accept only good from God and not adversity?”
Now, I don’t know about you but I think that is a tough story to read.
It goes against the loving nature of God I’d like to believe in.
I realize that God blesses Job in the end.
He gets more kids and all of his stuff back twice over but I wonder, was it worth it?
Job says at one point ” if only my grief could be weighed and my devastation placed with it on a scale. For it would outweigh the sand of the seas.”
Did God do it to him to teach the rest of humanity what suffering can really be?
That total devastation is not only possible but it can happen at the hands of who we pray to is very hard to swallow.
I have to believe that everything has a perfect timing, people perfectly placed to fulfill their purpose. It wasn’t even raining when Noah built the ark.
It says in the New Testament, in 2 Chronicles,” that God’s grace is sufficient for you, for the power is perfected in weakness.”
My guess is Job was pretty perfect then.
All of this requires a lot of faith.
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