Job 2:3–6 (NIV84): 3 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. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”
Job 19:25–27 (NLT): 25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!
Job 42:10 (NLT): 10 When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
Job 42:12 (NLT): 12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning.
Job 42:17 (NIV84): 17 And so he died, old and full of years.
Let me start by saying, I do not believe God causes every tragedy we experience in life. And just being honest, I never really wanted to accept that God gave permission to Satan to wreak havoc on Job. I had a friend that said, “I can’t accept a God that places His faithful servant in the middle of some ‘cosmic chess game’ between Him and Satan.” I have wrestled with those same thoughts. However, after wrestling with the whole narrative of Job I have determined that Job was created for God’s glory and Job fantastically glorified YHWH God.
You see, Job is a supporting character in the revelation of God’s character. God uses Job to reveal His sovereignty, love, omniscience and authority over evil.
Some people tell me that God causes hurt and pain. The book of Job certainly reveals that God brought the trouble and pain into Job’s life.
Job 42:11 (NIV84): They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
I have accepted that is true. Why? Because the Bible itself reveals that. But I don’t believe it’s true for all of us. Why? Because the Bible reveals something else about God that applies to all of us.
Romans 8:28 (NIV84): 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
God worked for the good of Job. God used Job to reveal the goodness of His own sovereignty, love, omniscience and authority over evil.
I don’t know how many people God has “brought trouble upon.” This I do know, God works for the good of those who love him. I know that God has called all of us according to his purpose of saving the world and renewing it. I see He did it with Job and I see He promised He is doing it for us.
I know that God has revealed He will “balance” the accounts and redeem us as He calls us to stand for justice and love as we all approach the complete restoration of “all things being made new.”