Lots of Pain
Job 1:8 (NIV)
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
Job was a man who was very close to God. God had a great opinion of Job. When Satan presented himself to God along with the angels, Satan said that he was just roaming around on earth. I wonder why God would then point out one particular person who He was quite proud of. He spoke highly of Job. He said that he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God, shuns evil. Also, there is nobody else on earth like him. That is one very unique individual. Much like Noah, Job had God’s attention and his confidence in his character.
We later learn that even though Job was quite unique, devoted to God and very righteous, it doesn’t keep Job from going through trials and suffering. God allowed Satan to work against Job and cause him to lose his sons, daughters, servants, livestock, home and property and eventually his health. This is not something that I want to go through, but we learn that bad things do happen to good people as well. In the end, we see that when Job suffered, he still did not sin in his suffering. He questions God about his suffering, but he has acceptance of his fate.
If we are God’s servants, can God say the same about us? Can He have confidence in us on the way we live our lives? I know that I’m still a work in progress and it is a tough calling to be in Job’s shoes. He went through a lot of pain, but was still faithful. He later had his friends accuse him of sinning because that was their conclusion for his suffering and pain. That was more pain to have your friends turn their back on you and start making accusations against you.