The story of Job fascinates me. A devout and faithful man suffers unjust persecution. He loses all of his family and all of his possessions and is afflicted with illness. His wife and friends badger him and go so far as to advise him to just curse God and die. But Job does not turn from God. He questions why he is suffering but he remains faithful.
Almost daily we see examples of unjust suffering in our world. It can come from a natural disaster or from one’s fellow man. It can affect one person or dozens or the masses. In all people’s lives there are times of unjust suffering. For many, our response is not like Job’s. We wonder why God is punishing us or we get angry at God or we walk away from our faith.
The story of Job reveals to us in great detail that unjust suffering does occur in our world. It also reveals that God does not cause it and that God remains present to us in the midst of our suffering. It is up to us if we continue to draw upon God in the midst of our suffering or if we get angry or if we walk away or …
Job sets us a great example. He was blameless yet suffered. He was put to a severe test and he came through it. He relied on God, listened to God’s voice, and drew upon His strength. We too will suffer at times. May we also realize that we are not alone and may we draw upon God’s strength, love, and presence as we journey through our hardship.
Scripture reference: Job 1:1 and 2:1-3