However, I also see a REALLY important message in this book. The book of Job makes it absolutely clear that we will never be able to fully understand the nature of God. No amount of rationalization will come close to the wisdom required to understand His works. Our human knowledge is limited.
We will never understand why bad things happen to good people, why people suffer through physical and mental illness, why wars continue and death counts rise. Just like Job, we will never be able to justify why these things happen, because our human knowledge is limited. We cannot justify God's ways.
For some this is scary, frustrating even. I have many friends suffering through cancer, mental illness, financial loss, and so on. It can be so easy to lose sight of God when bad things are happening. Even Job, the upright and blameless man, began to curse the day he was born when God allowed Satan to test him through a series of unfortunate events.
When things get tough, I think it is important to remember that we will never fully understand God's doings. Instead of trying to figure out His workings, I pray that we would all remember this:
God will not turn away from doing you good. He doesn't do good to His children sometimes and bad to them at other times. He keeps on doing good! It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him. He works all things together for good for those who love Him. (Based on Romans 8:28)
I pray that even through your times of struggle, that you would meditate on this truth. It is perfectly acceptable to be a whiner like Job, but understand that throughout his whining, Job still knew that God was not punishing him. I pray that you would know the same truth.
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