The Holy Spirit has been kind to me and has made me understand the real reason we, as humans, must suffer. I’ve studied the book of Job a number of times, but, until now, I haven’t understood it. Please read on.
Job 1:8-12New International Version (NIV)
8 “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.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “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. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 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.”
In that short passage we learn that God allowed Job to be tested by every misfortune, just to prove to Satan that Job would be true to God, and not crumble in misfortune. I believe that it was not only Job that received that testing, but every one of us will be tested.
Job lost his children, his fortune and broke out in boils that tested him physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We, too, will be tested, not only in good times, but in life’s tragedies. It is not punishment for anything we may have done, it is a deal that God made with Satan concerning Job, and concerning anyone who loves God.
At the end of the book of Job, God instructs Job to pray for his friends who blamed his misfortune on Job’s perceived sins. (One receives what he wishes for another) Job prayed for his friends, that God would forgive them for not understanding, and asked that their punishment would be lifted from them. That is the moment that God ended Job’s trial and suffering, and doubly restored Job’s fortune, family and health. Job went on to live to be 140 years old in God’s grace . Therefore, be steadfast in your faith, and never surrender to your circumstances.
We all have suffered loss of family, health or fortune, and we all have misunderstood the purpose of our suffering. And, so I pray for you, that God will forgive you and, also, me for our misunderstanding, and I ask Him to lift his punishment from us.
Remain true to God throughout the blessings and misfortunes of life and you, too, will be rewarded for your love of Him, who loves you forever, and will never forsake you.
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