Like every other Christian I have wondered, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? I have concocted many answers and wrestled with the question; yanking and tossing it about. None of my conclusions seem to come close to a reasonable justification. It is a question inherent in all man, woman and child, bubbling in the nook somewhere at the back of our heads, surfacing to the frontal lobe from time to time, only to be jostled to the back again.
Job is described in the bible as “perfect and upright, and one that feared God and hated evil”. Do you know anybody who is perfect? I sure don’t, here in the bible is this perfect and upright man.
Yet this man was brought very low, he lost his children, wealth, some of his dignity, and his confidence. He experienced great pain, and turmoil at one point. It is his story which brings to light many answers each human before us has asked and the millions and billions after us will inquire.
Job was a well blessed man, rich in love, good health and wealth. However, Satan confronted God saying, the only reason Job is “ perfect and upright, loves God and hates evil” is solely based on the fact he has no reason not to. After all he is fulfilled, happy and he has every reason to be markedly perfect and awesome. God strongly disagrees; vehemently he promulgates his belief that it isn’t so and Job is genuine in his actions. Not going extremely into detail here, but God allows Satan to do as he pleases with Job confident Job will stay true to him. Job is then afflicted. During the period he faced upheaval he is joined by his three friends ( I want to say so called but it’s not what the bible said so I will continue….note well, they weren’t all that friendly to me, after reading what they said to Job) Anyway, in seeing Jobs great suffering they attempted to unearth the cause of Job’s great misfortune. This is where it gets nasty. Collectively, they basically told Job he must deserve this torment in his life, because bad things (especially to this scale) only happens to bad people. They tried to figure out what Job did to deserve it. Sadly, as time progressed they blamed Job more and more for the pain he was enduring.
JOB: Learn-able Moment
When a friend is going through a hard time be there for them try not to be judgmental. You may have good intentions but when in pain your friend may only receive this judgment as sticks and stones upon their backs. Job 2:11 tells us job’s friends came to “morn with him and comfort him”. They came to him with good intentions but when they got there they hurled hurtful words at him. The words were so hurtful to Job he felt he had to constantly defend himself. In chapter 16:2 he says, “Miserable comforters are ye all” and verse 16 “my friends have scorn me”. We should strive to be a blessing to our friends and not a curse. And while they thought they were speaking on behalf of God and God would be pleased with their words, he wasn’t. Job 42:7 says, “And it was so, that after the Lord has spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite. My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends, for he hath not spoken of me the things that are right, as my servant Job hath.”
The meat of the matter
Job asked a lot of questions while facing great pain, much like most of us do. God why me? God why are you not doing anything about this? Or questions Job asked, why do wicked people prosper and good people don’t? Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why don’t this world get better already?
When God spoke to Job he did not answer these questions, what he did do was ask some of his own. For instance he asked,” where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth or who laid the corner stone thereof. Or who shut up the sea with doors when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?” and many others. In essence he asked Job, where were you when I created the earth? Who caused the oceans to stop on the shores? His questions were tools he used to highlight his power and to underline the difference between himself; possessing great power in contrast to humans. Pointing out that we should not question his actions, we should instead trust him. The reader can clearly see behind the curtains. By reading Job we can see God intention was not to punish Job. He had confidence in Job and he loved him. And while job friends were assuming the worst it wasn’t so. Our deepest thinking can not reveal the secret of God.
In the end God blessed Job even more than he was already blessed before. Which shows if we trust in God and allow him to fulfill his plans in our lives, great blessings is in store for us. If Job listened to his wife and cursed God he would not have reaped the reward.
Hold strong to your faith in God
The book of Job is a beautiful book everyone should read. It is poetic, beautiful and freshly authentic. I haven’t quite read every word but the more I read the more I want to read. It is a revelation in its own unique way. Some much to say, so little time.
May your days be filled with joy and the minutes saturated in truth. Much love, much respect. One Love.