Uncertainty in Bible: Job Loses Everything

Job went through some very uncertain and difficult times. When we meet him, he is blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil. {Job 1:1}

He is described as “the greatest man among all the people of the East.” {Job 1:3}

But God tells Satan he can test him and within hours Job receives word all ten of his children, a large number of his servants and his numerous flocks have been killed. The servants who survive can’t finish telling him the bad news before another arrives with more tales of devastation. {Job 1}

But notice what Job does.  “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”  {Job 1:21} His heart may have been broken but he did not sin by charging God with wrong doing. {Job 1:22}

Life doesn’t get better for Job, but instead grows worse. He is afflicted with painful sores {Job 2:7}.  Even when his wife and three friends encourage him to curse God, he doesn’t. Instead he curses the day he was born.

Job remains faithful to the Lord through very uncertain times and later prays for his friends who spoke against the Lord. {Job 42:7-9}

In closing, we’re told “ The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.”  {Job 42:12}  He is living proof the Lord will bless us if we remain faithful and trust him, even when we don’t understand.

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