The book of Job shows a good man suffering through no fault of his own.
“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. This was Job’s regular custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” Job 1:1-12
- Job was blameless. He was irreproachable
- Job was upright. He was respectable.
- Job feared God. He loved and served the Lord.
- Job shunned evil. He turned away from sin.
- Job was the greatest man among all the people of the East. He was honest, respected, and wealthy.
- Job made arrangements for his children to be purified. He guided his children to the right path. He prayed and sacrificed for each of them in case they mistakenly sinned.
- The Lord Himself said, “There is no one on earth like Job, who is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.
Job lost his family, his home, and his wealth. Later, he lost his health. In his struggle to understand why calamities fell on him, he realized that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life without knowing the whys that people suffered.
“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 1:22
We, too, must live one day at a time without the answers to life’s questions. If Job remained steadfast in loving God, that should encourage us.
Lord, your will be done.
Will we, like Job trust God, no matter what happens?