If you are familiar with the Book of Job, you’ll know that it’s pretty terrifying. Job, his seven sons and three daughters were good people plodding along nicely until Satan and the angels came to God for a discussion about Good and Evil. When Satan opines that Job is pious only because of his wealth, God allows Satan to take away Job’s family and all he owns. Job remains faithful so God allows Satan to inflict horrible boils upon his skin.
Job’s friends are convinced that he must have sinned and needs to repent. Job clings to his innocence and to the injustice of his suffering. After much debate with the friends, God intervenes and asks Job if he has had the experiences and authority of God. God does finally restore Job’s prosperity; he lives for another 140 years and is given new sons and daughters. Presumably, however, he was always waiting for disaster to strike again…
I recount this story because I know a modern Job, someone who has faced more challenges in the last six months than most of us fear to face in a lifetime. You probably know someone similar or, indeed, have had to cope with a series of ghastly events in your own life.
So, what’s your position on all this? Why do some people “roll easily” through life while others constantly face insurrmountable challenges? Where is God in all of this?