So a few of my girlfriends and I are reading through Job right now, and some of them are getting bored with it (Understandably so!! Most of the book consists of Job talking about how much his life sucks.) But allow me to gush: personally, I think Job is amazing. In the first chapter of the book, it talks about how Job is righteous, and how he “is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Then Satan comes along, and long story short, God gives Satan permission to torment Job. In one day, Job loses his ALL his livestock (pretty much the equivalent of wealth in those days) ALL his servants, and his sons and daughters. All his wealth is gone, and his family is dead. All he is left with is the skeleton of a house and a wife who gives him horrible advice and no comfort. Not long after all this happens, Satan strikes Job down with “painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.” So now he is in a state of excruciating physical and emotional pain. He curses the day of his birth, and goes on for what seems like forever about how crappy his life is… but he still chooses to praise God. Here’s an example of that from chapter 9:
4His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5He moves mountains without their knowing it
and overturns them in his anger.
6He shakes the earth from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.
7He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;
he seals off the light of the stars.
8He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads on the waves of the sea.
9He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
11When he passes me, I cannot see him;
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12If he snatches away, who can stop him?
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
Job understands completely that God is awesome and beyond comprehension: he understands that God has a plan and is working through Job’s suffering, and is using it to teach him. This guy gets it. Do we ever respond this way though? What happens to your relationship with God when you’re going through a rough spot? Do you still choose to praise God?