My wife and I don’t get into a deep theological discussion that much [if at all] but yesterday we were walking and she raised a good point, “Who would want to be Job?”
In this popular Old Testament book, Satan is betting that Job will run for cover when hard times come. God is betting that Job will stand firm.
Idealistically, what an honor to have God trust us and believe in our faith….but look what Job had to endure as he experienced that honor.
Would we be happy to be chosen by God as His example of a stalwart believer?
Maybe we would say, “Nah, I think I will pass on that one God.”
Proverbs 20:30 says [NIV] that “Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.” That is exactly what Job was experiencing. Circumstances [undeserved I might add] were pounding him into the ground but he held firm. God won the bet with Satan but Job had to pay the price. He lost everything.
But what did he gain? Job says [42: 5] “my eyes have seen you [God].” Imagine being able to say that.
Read on: God blesses Job more in the latter part of his life than the first, much more livestock, many more children [nowhere in the land were found women more beautiful than Job’s daughters], and Job lived 140 years, seeing his children and their children to the fourth generation. God recouped all Job’s losses many times over.
I guess to answer my wife, I would say we need to take the long-term view if we can. God wants the best for us even though the horrible times come. If we wait long enough He will restore us…just like Job.