Losing it all

Daily reading: Job 1:1-22
Wednesday July 6, 2016

Focus passage: The LORD said to the Adversary, “Look, all he has is within your power; only don’t stretch out your hand against him.”  So the Adversary left the LORD’s presence. …While the messenger was speaking, another arrived and said: “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, when a strong wind came from the desert and struck the four corners of the house.  It fell upon the young people, and they died.  I along escaped to tell you.” Job 1:12 & 18-19

Either the God figure is 100 percent confident in Job’s faithfulness or is reckless, or both.  So God allows the Adversary to mess with Job’s life.
The Adversary wastes no time.

First Job’s oxen and goats are taken by the Sabeans.

Then a fire consumes his sheep and their shepherds.

Then the Chaldeans raids his camels and take them.

Finally a strong wind takes down the house where all his children are gathered and kills them.

One messenger after another comes to Job to tell him in just a matter of minutes that everything he had, his oxen, goats, sheep, camels, workers and children are all gone. 

Job had been wealthy beyond imagination and now experiences tragedy beyond our imagination.

The question of why bad things happen to good people almost becomes a surface question in light of what has happened.  Because the surface answer is to test us and that just doesn’t sit right with me.  The question of suffering is one we will never have the answer to and later in the book, we learn how futile it is with our limited wisdom and understanding in light of God’s wisdom and understanding to answer that question.

Prayer:  God you are Holy and worthy to be praised, I lift up and name the areas in my life where I am experiencing suffering … I lift up and name the areas in the life of my family and community where there is suffering … I lift up and name the places in our world where there is suffering … help us to find your peace and comfort.  Amen.


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