When I went into my husband’s office for the very first time after he went to heaven, his Bible was on his desk opened to the book of Job. As anyone in our congregation can tell you, my husband often referred to Job in his messages. I believe that Gary spent much time in the book of Job possibly because, during the last years of his life, he may have felt a little like Job. I believe he drew comfort knowing that, although good people sometimes face bad situations, God somehow turns it around. Job 1:8 and 2:3 tells us that God called Job the finest man in all the earth, a blameless man of complete integrity – a man who fears God and stays away from evil. If God called Job blameless, then he did nothing to deserve those afflictions. And, although at the time Job didn’t have Romans 8:28 to stand on, in the end, God blessed Job with much more than he lost. Joseph from the Old Testament is another example of this. For someone who loved God with all their being, Joseph faced one adversity after the other for years and years. But in the end, the dream that God had placed in Joseph’s heart, to which he had clung through it all, finally came to pass. He glorified God and God blessed him. We know it was Satan who plotted and executed those afflictions against Job with God’s permission. We also know from Job 42:3 that Job had questioned God. Most certainly Job’s trust in God was tested. But as we continue to read on in verses 7-8 we learn that Job never spoke wrong of God. He passed the test! We all have wondered why God allows bad things to happen and we may have even questioned God about it. I believe God is okay with that. But if and when these things happen, it’s comforting to know that, for those who love God and seek to fulfill His purpose and plan for their lives, God somehow works everything out for our good. Satan can never thwart God’s plan. No matter what happens along the journey, God always wins.
Job 1:8 (NLT)
8 Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
Romans 8:28 (TLB)
28 And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.
Job 42:3 (NLT)
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.
Job 42:7-8 (NKJV)
7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”