If God is so good, then why is there so much suffering in the world and in our lives? This is a question that most of us have asked in our lifetime, on more than one occasion. Job himself is faced with this question in his life. Job was a righteous man, even God Himself says so. Job’s whole life was blessed, he prospered and there was happiness and wealth for him and his family. Then the day comes when God hands Job over to the influences and purposes of Satan himself. He loses everything he owns, loved ones and even his own health only to be left alone to ask God, “Why?”
Although we cannot answer these questions for you, only God Himself can answer those questions for the individual, God is never too far away to hear us when we call on him. No matter what the obstacle is that we are faced with in our lives, He is always there to comfort us, to listen to us and to carry us through. Job was stripped away of all he loved and cherished, and without a cause but the Lord was there for him through every moment, protecting him and holding Job is His hands and in His plan. Most times, through these hardships in our lives, we find the strength to cling closely to Him and through our suffering we find that even if we never know why these things are so, like Job, we can pass the strength to others that He gives to us. If we draw near to Him, he will draw near to us and through all of the pain we face every day, our greatest and most precious moments come from the love that He so freely gives us.
“After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before”
– Job 42:10