When Bad Things Happen To Good People
(Book of Job)

For several thousand years, people have received comfort from the book of Job when they ask, "Why do bad things happen to good people?  How could God create a world like this?  What's God's plan in all of this?  How do we achieve the LIFE God planned for us?"   The answers often don't come easily.  Pray for understanding.  Pray that God's will be done.

The Lord said, "...he (Job) is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." (Job 1:8).  Satan said, "Have you not put a hedge around him...stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." (Job 1:9-11).  The Lord gave Satan permission to test Job.  All Job's possessions & children were looted or destroyed by wind and lightning (fire from the sky).  Even his body was afflicted "...with painful sores from the soles of his feet  to the top of his head." (Job 2:7).  

Job's friends were of no comfort, read 2:11 through 37:24.  Then the Lord speaks to Job in chapters 38 through 41.  Pay particular attention to chapter 42.  Finally Job says, "I...repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:6).  Job forgave his friends and the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before!

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Note: Some Bible scholars believe the book of Job was written by Moses while he was in Midian.   Job may have been a descendant of Esau (Genesis 36:33).  It's relatively easy to see how Moses may identify with Job.  Moses must have known (been told) from an early age that God had saved him from death and that God must have a special purpose for him.  But he had killed a man (Exodus 2:12) and fled to Midian.  What was special about that?