“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.”
Job 1:1-3 KJV
If anyone understood what bad news was Job would’ve been the one. Although he feared God, he was perfect and upright, very successful and fruitful, yet he was not deemed as safe from the pain and suffering that he would soon endure. He lost not only his livelihood and livestock but, his children as well.
But, why him you may ask?
Who else but, Satan himself attempting to steal hope, kill his faith and destroy his life. He could not stand the fact that Job truly feared and walked with God. Therefore, Satan set out to test Job. But, first he had to get the permission from God himself. I’m quite sure those that haven’t read this story might be thinking God said “no” right? (Job 1:7-12)
God allowed it and Satan made it his mission to make Job curse God. Taking into account all that Job endured with tragedy after tragedy Chapter 1 of this book ends with such a powerful verse stating:
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
Job 1:22 KJV
Wow, so you mean to tell me that Job never cursed, nor sinned against God, in spite of all that he was going thru?
Job remained loyal although, I’m sure broken, hurt, depressed, disappointed and in a constant state of grief, he understood that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21).
Satan sets out to destroy our future because, he knows what’s to come in his future.
He takes the time to sit back and study our habits, our weaknesses, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on his prey (1 Peter 5:8). However, he is not as powerful as some may give him the credit because, in this case God removed the hedge of blessings and protection from Job’s life but, still only gave Satan limited restrictions on what he could and could not do.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Romans 13:1 KJV
So why did God allow if he has all authority and power to prevent it?
The interesting thing about God is that he is all powerful and all knowing. He has a specific purpose and divine plan for everything concerning our lives. Granted it may not be the way that we intended it to be but, the end result is always for our greater good. Just as God allowed suffering to rain down on Job, we also encounter seasons of bad news. It is how we handle that bad news that makes all the difference.
We can take a lot from Chapter 1 of the book Job:
- He did not curse God.
- He remained faithful to God.
- He knew God was in control.
- He did not allow his test to cause him to fail.
- He never gave up.
In your season of bad news, hurt, pain, or whatever you may be facing at this moment know that this too shall pass just as it eventually did for Job. Remember even in the midst of trials and tribulations, the safest place to be is in the will of God. So you can rest assured that you will come out of this stronger than you were before.
Suffering builds strength