By Cindi White
The book of Job is a doorway to a fresh revelation of God.
We all question…Why does God allow suffering?
Why doesn’t God answer our prayers for healing?
Why do evil people seem to prosper and Godly people suffer?
There may be more to God than we are willing to see or able to comprehend?
We may be challenged with God’s goodness, power, justice, mercy and love, but these fail to fully describe God’s character.
When we, like Job, encounter the living God, we are so changed that our questions cease to haunt us.
Job 1:7 says “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.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “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. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
When we love God, is it really God or ourselves we are loving? Do we love God for himself or for the protection and blessings we receive when we obey Him?
As a result of Satan’s attacks, Job is stripped of any indication that he is blessed or protected by God.
Job loses his children, livestock, and servants…..
Job 1:20-22 “ At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 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.”
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
Then Satan afflicted Job with painful sores all over his body.
His wife wanted him to curse God and die.
Job’s response, 2:10 “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
After Job lost everything, his family, livestock and health, being helpless, hopeless, and questioning God’s goodness, in chapter 28, we read that Job has an amazing revelation. He is searching for wisdom and to understand God, and discovers that ultimately wisdom is hidden in God. “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job recognizes the element of mystery and of God’s sovereignty in his search for wisdom.”
Job 11:7-9 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”
If you are going through a trial right now, ask yourself, what is God doing in me? What is being revealed in your heart?
We may never know the answer to the question “Why?” But Like Job, in the midst of suffering, with all of our questions and doubts, we are offered only what Job was offered – God himself, with all His compassion and mystery, and that is enough.
Cindi is an Ordained minister with the AG, pastoring alongside her husband, Tim, for over 30 years. They currently pastor Tri-County Christian Center in Deer Park, WA. Together they have 6 children, and 2 grandchildren. Cindi is also an Avon Lady, and Precinct Committee Officer for Steven’s County’s Republican Party. She believes in being a vital part of their community, making a difference where they live. Her passion is to minister to women, and she is the co-founder of Women of Worship, speaking and organizing retreats and conferences for women in the Northwest Region.
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