The book of Job helps demonstrate God’s sovereign ways and reminds us of what faith is all about. Job had one of the toughest tests any human will endure. It is filled with intrigue and life drama as we face the reality of suffering in this life. It’s important to remember that Job is not a fictional character or story…he was a real man with real life situations.
Vs. 12, “The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” The book of Job becomes interesting quite quickly as we get a front seat in a conversation between satan and God. The topic was concerning Job who had many earthly blessings from God and was also a Godly man. But Satan was out to prove to God and all His creation that we only turn to Him when things are going well for us. It must have been devastating news for Job to hear all that happened, especially to hear his own children death. Question: How will Job respond?
Regarding application…Response to Tragedy. Vs. 20-21, “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Tragedy…we are poignantly reminded of tragedy as we anxiously await further new in Haiti. Just like Job, so many have lost their immediate loved ones. I cannot imagine the grief and sorrow that is surrounding so many. I feel it is no coincidence that we are starting the book of Job in the midst of a current tragedy. It is remarkable to see the reponse of Job. We are given insight to why this happened, but Job had no idea. Yet, we are often like Job where we do not see the bigger unseen spiritual world. Don’t ever forget that God is in control. God is in contol. God is in control. Let’s lift up in faith to our Lord that God will be glorified.