Somedays it just all goes wrong. With fear and some trepidation, you look forward wondering what is going to happen next.
In Job, four messengers come, one right after another and all with bad news. How much more can he take. You would think Job would just want to run and hide. But in the last few lines of today’s reading Job says something of a proverb and blesses God. Satan is thwarted and frustrated. He really expected to Job to give in and curse God. What is it that Job has?
We are made in the image of God. We have a spirit, a soul, given to us by God. In this soul, we have been given a conscience to help us determine what is right from wrong. As we read Job, we want to exclaim this is unfair, it is not right!
Job is a just man. He has done nothing wrong. Why are these bad things happening to a good person. It is unjust and unwarranted. Therein lies the question that has been asked for centuries. Why do bad things happen to good people.
I think everyone who is reading this is a good person. Yet you can remember bad things that have happened to you. Maybe you are amid some challenge you are facing that you just want to yell why! This is just not fair! Having Job in mind, what has been your response to God? During your trials did God even come to mind? Were your thoughts blessings or curses?
We will be in Job for a few weeks. Each day, as we read Job, ask yourself, what are my inner thoughts and feelings?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen