Job 1 and 2 starts off by telling us a story of a man whom God was bragging on.
He told Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? THere is no one one earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (1:8)
As a result, Satan (with God’s permission for Satan can’t touch you without asking permission from God Himself) throws out different kinds of stuff at Job to try to make him sell out on God.
(Makes you want to suggest that if God would brag, let Him brag on someone else.)
- His business collapses because of sabotage (by the Sabeans and Chaldeans)
- Calamity hits and his resources are burned down
- His own kids die because of a typhoon (worse than Ondoy)
- His marriage was collapsing because his wife tells him to just ‘curse God and die.’
But in all this, I am so amazed with how Job responds.
“Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.'” (1:20-21)
When everything goes against you, will your faith stand?