This story – of a righteous man who lost everything and suffered terribly for no seeming fault of his own – raises all sorts of questions: why do bad things happen to good people; where is God through suffering; why does God allow it to happen?
But it also raises questions about who we are in relation to God, how much we recognise the greatness of God, how much we are prepared to trust Him and how much we recognise His presence with us even through the dark times.
Questions to wrestle with – and possibly perceptions to challenge!
Readings: Job 1:1-12; 38:1-3; 42:1-6
Questions to think about:
- How does the story of Job help us engage with the reality of suffering?
- How often do we “accuse God” of acting unjustly (Job 40:8) by what we think or what we say?
- What comfort can we, as followers of Jesus, bring to those who are suffering?