Why God allows Job's suffering. One of the most extraordinary stories in the Bible is found in the book of job, which we can find in the Old Testament. In this book we see how God punished Job for no apparent reason. However, why does God punish a good person? To understand it, we must know the whole story and learn to read between the lines. It is the only way to understand God's purposes.
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Why God Allows Job's Suffering: Story
Job was a man of integrity and God fearing. In Job 1: 8 God Himself confirms that Job was blameless. Job did not deserve punishment because he did not sin and his heart was good.
And Jehovah said to Satan: Have you not considered my servant Job, that there is no other like him on earth, a perfect and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil?
Job 1: 8
Job was prosperous and happy, he had children and everyone respected him. But if he lost everything, he would surely curse God therefore Satan accused Job of serving God only for the blessings he received. Satan was suggesting that Job was interested in himself, He was not really in love with God with unconditional love.
Answering the Lord, Satan said: Does Job fear God for nothing?
Have you not fenced him and his house and everything he has around? You have blessed the work of his hands; therefore, their goods have increased on the earth.
But now reach out your hand and touch everything he has, and you will see if he does not blaspheme against you in your very presence.
Job 1: 9-11
God knew that Job's love was true. To prove this, he allowed Satan to attack Job, steal his possessions, kill his children, and take away his health. But Job remained faithful to God and did not sin. In this way Satan was defeated.
Then Job got up, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped, and said: Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked I will return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; be the name of the Lord blessed. In all this Job did not sin, nor did he attribute any nonsense to God.
Job 1: 20-22
Then his wife said to him: Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God, and die. And he said to her: As any foolish woman usually speaks, you have spoken. That? Will we receive good from God, and will we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
2 Job: 9-10
However, Job did not know the reason for his suffering, He did not know of Satan's accusation nor that God was proving that his love was true. Job and his friends only knew that God is Just, so they did not understand how an innocent person could suffer. They thought that suffering was always a punishment for sin. If that was true, Job was in sin or God was being unjust.
Think about it now; What innocent has been lost?
And where have the upright been destroyed?
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
And they sow injury, they reap it.
They perish by the breath of God,
And by the breath of his anger they are consumed.
4 Job: 7-9
Job's friends assumed that he had hidden a sin that he needed to confess. But Job, who was innocent and knew it, began to understand that suffering is not always the result of sin.
Job demanded an explanation for his suffering, but God showed him that there are things bigger than us that we can't understand. When God spoke, Job understood that the most important thing is not to understand why and regretted demanding explanations. He trusted God, although he received no explanation.
Job answered Jehovah, and said: I know that you can do everything and that there is no thought that is hidden from you. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore, I spoke what I did not understand; Things too wonderful for me, which I did not understand.
Job 42: 1-3
God declared that Job's friends were wrong, showing that Job was not in sin. In fact, it was Job's friends who sinned by speaking ill of God. But when Job's friends repented and Job prayed for them, God forgave their sin. God restored Job's fortune, rewarding him for his faithfulness in the midst of so much suffering.
And it came to pass that after Jehovah spoke these words to Job, Jehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite: My anger was kindled against you and your two companions; because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job.
Now therefore, take seven calves and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for you, and my servant Job will pray for you; for I will certainly attend to him so as not to treat you disgracefully, because you have not spoken of me with righteousness, like my servant Job.
42 Job: 7-8
Reason why God allowed Job's suffering
God allowed Job to suffer to prove that Job's love was true. He did not explain to Job the reason for his suffering, but Job remained faithful to God. Job's suffering was not a punishment for sin.
Job's suffering was not due to sin or the injustice of God. Job suffered for reasons he could not understand, but he remained faithful and God did not abandon him. Job's big question is not, "Why does God allow suffering?" The big question is, Do you still love God?
Through Job's suffering, any Christian can understand two fundamental truths:
- God made the devil understand that there is hope in the human being.
- Each God's purposes only God knows and we are nobody to judge them.
- A bad experience does not always happen because of our sins. Therefore, We must have faith in God and trust that He will help us.