Tomorrow we begin Job, which is widely regarded as the oldest book in the Old Testament, and therefore, the Bible. Job is challenging in a number of ways, but the main reason is: Job was righteous. Why does God allow him to be tormented?
Though not intended as a complete explanation, hopefully these thoughts will shift our thinking from something along the lines of, “why is God so mean?” to “what was really happening here and what came of it?” Take a second to think through these thoughts:
- God was not the one doing the tormenting.
- For the majority of the book, Job, who is being tormented, defends God.
- Job’s friends are certain they can explain Job’s suffering. No one can explain suffering.
- God gave Job his blessings. It is his choice to take them away as well. But note that God abundantly blesses Job again in the end.
I won’t try to explain what happened to Job in this book or how God operates or why we suffer, etc. Hopefully the above thoughts will at least add a few bumper lanes as you read this challenging book.