The basis of faithfulness questioned

Daily reading: Job 1:1-22
Tuesday July 5, 2016

Focus passage: The Adversary answered the LORD, “Does Job revere God for nothing?  Haven’t you fence him in – his house and all he has – and blessed the work of his hands so that his possessions extend throughout the earth?  But stretch out your hand and strike all he has.  He will certainly curse you to your face.” Job 1:10-11


The Adversary asks God, “does Job love you unconditionally? Or is his love conditional?” Pointing out that if Job is so good and never has had any opportunity to doubt or suffer then why do you, God, marvel at his faithfulness? 

It’s like asking a kid who every time she goes to Peter Piper Pizza wins 1,000s of tickets with just a few coins, if they enjoy going to Peter Piper?   Yeah, what’s not to like, I always collect the most prizes, more than any of my friends, she replies.  She never has had to experience going home with just a piece of candy while her friends rake it in.  But we all know that this isn’t reality.  No one always wins.

The Adversary is sure that if God were to take away all that Job had then Job certainly would no longer love God and so he places a bet before God.  And when we enter more fully into the story, wondering too, since we do not live like Job does, will he remain faithful if he loses some of what he has?

Do we remain faithful in the face of undeserved suffering?  Do we put conditions on God?


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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