The book of Job 1:3, in The New Oxford Annonated Bible, states "Job was the greatest
man among all in the East." He was a faithful servant of God, he owned thousands of
animals, and had many servants and friends. Job had a very large family with seven sons
and three daughters. Why was Job chosen to suffer and receive punishment at the hands of
the Lord one may ask? The major themes in the book describe the ways Job deals with
suffering and despair the Lord handed him. How one deals with despair and suffering is
what makes a person who he or she is.
The Lord is not a stranger to suffering. Psalms 69:33-36, states "The Lord hears
the needy and does not despise his captive people. Let heaven and earth praise him. The
seas and all that move in them. For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it; the children of his servants will inherit it; and
those who love his name will dwell there." God does not intentionally inflict despair and
heartache on his believers for no reason at all. I think the despair we experience, and how
we deal with it, is a test to show our true selves.
The Lord does not make us suffer because of what we have done. Through
suffering, we become better people and grow as an individual. You find your identity
through terrible experiences. I have dealt with serious heartache and do believe that I
have grown from it. I have learned how to react to certain situations and how to
I looked up the word "suffering" in the bible, I was directed to Psalms 73:21-26.
It states, "When my heart was grieved and my spirit...