The first two chapters of Job gives us a glance at heaven. We find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a meeting of the heavenly court and God. In each of these meetings, Satan rears his ugly head and God allows Satan to test His servant Job. In the first meeting God does not allow Job to be harmed physically (Job 1:12), but in the second meeting His restriction is to spare Job's life. Job's health can be taken, but he must live. (Job 2:6) Now, not only had Job lost all that he had and loved but now he was physically miserable, covered with sores from head to toe.
These two heavenly meetings give us an unexpected answer to the question: Why do bad things happen?
We don't know what goes on in heaven. We don't know the mind of God. We couldn't comprehend it with our human minds if we wanted to. Some things are not meant to be known by us. We can only rest in assurance knowing that God is in control. Yes, God allowed these horrible events to happen to Job, but take note, God was in control the WHOLE time. Satan could do nothing, without God's permission.
As we continue to read the book of Job, we are going to see many explanations given as to why Job may have suffered so. But.... no one knew of the heavenly meeting. Just because we are believers, does not mean we won't walk through pain and suffering. Yes, sometimes our suffering is a direct result of our own sin. Every choice we make has consequences, but sometimes the answer to our suffering isn't that simple. Maybe our suffering is allowed to strengthen us, our faith and our testimony. Maybe it's to give opportunity to reveal God's love, comfort, mercy and grace. But according to God's Word in the book of Job, sometimes our suffering is for unknown heavenly reasons that we can't discern.
I will never be able to answer the question: why do bad things happen to good people. But.... I will always trust my God, my Creator, my Savior, because I know that He is in control, and nothing that comes my way will come without His allowance. There are things here on earth that I will never know or understand, but I know my God is with me, will never leave me, and I can trust Him no matter what.
Father, I pray that you will open my heart and mind to trust You even when things look grim. When I can find no answer, no relief, help me to focus on You and trust You to take care of me, Your child. I love you, Lord! In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
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Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.