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Praise in Suffering

Job 2:1-6 :

Again, on the day when the God’s sons came to present themselves before Yahweh, Satan came also among them to present himself before Yahweh. Yahweh said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “From going back and forth in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

Yahweh said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him in the earth, a blameless and an upright man, one who fears God, and turns away from evil. He still maintains his integrity, although you incited me against him, to ruin him without cause.”

Satan answered Yahweh, and said, “Skin for skin. Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will renounce you to your face.”

Yahweh said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life.”

In case we don't quite understand, God makes it quite clear by writing it here in the Bible that he ruined Job "without cause." Also notice how proud God is of Job. Job made God look good, even in his suffering! If you are going to have to suffer, you might as well make God look good. There really isn't a better reason for doing anything. Even though Job didn't know why he was going through what he was going through, he gave God a good name simply by being obedient to Him. When we go through troubles, how good it is for us to trust the fact that we are serving God's purposes. We don't need to worry about what we don't understand. May God help us to simply trust Him and may His peace fill our hearts.

Even though Satan was already proven wrong, he requested a change to the deal. This time he said that if God simply allowed Job to lose his health, he would renounce Him. So God gave him permission to hurt his body but not kill him.

By seeing what goes on in heaven, we know that God isn't the one who actually does the hurting. Instead, His created being, Satan does it, but only by His permission. Some try to accuse God of doing evil, but that cannot be. In order to accuse God of doing evil we would have to know God's motives. It isn't God's motives that are the problem. God will be dealing with the real problem later in the book.

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