Have you ever felt like you were under attack?
Do you ever feel like you have a giant target on your back and just can’t catch a break?
Job could identify with this feeling all too well.
Job was a wealthy man who the Bible describes as “blameless”. Because of Job’s righteousness, Satan made it his mission to impose an immense amount of suffering in Job’s life in an effort to turn his affections away from the Lord and curse God. As a surprise to many who read the true story, God actually permitted the devil to attack His faithful servant, as long as he didn’t take his life.
Why would a loving God allow suffering?
If God is for righteousness, and for mercy, why did He allow Satan to cause Job terrible suffering? Why do the righteous sometimes suffer inexplicably?
It can be hard to wrap our theology around the idea that this same God of love and mercy would permit such horrible suffering, especially in the life of one who loves Him, even if He didn’t author it.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.Proverbs 23:18
If you find yourself in the same suffering shoes as Job, persevere with hope; your time of suffering will end.
Whether on this side of eternity or the next, we have a confident hope that our Redeemer will faithfully deliver us through every trial and attack.
At the end of the book of Job, after his faithful perseverance, we see that God blessed Job the second half of his life even more than the first. This is the same hope we cling to now through every trial and attack we may find ourselves in.
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