Job 2, 3, 4 & 5
Satan was before God and challenged God to allow him to inflict pain upon the flesh of Job, then surely Job would curse God. God allowed this and instructed Satan to spare his life. So Satan afflicted Job with sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Job took a broken piece of pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife suggested he curse God and die. Job defended God against her. Job’s 3 friends heard of his troubles and came to visit and comfort him. When they saw his suffering, they tore their robes, sprinkled dust on their heads and sat with him for 7 days and 7 nights, not uttering a word to him, as they could see how much he was suffering.
Hallie said her girlfriends wouldn’t do that.
Hallie and I agree that Job 3 reads like the finest piece of literature, like poetry, like a mournful eulogy you would write for yourself. He cursed the day he was born. He seems to question the reason for his existence. He questions life’s injustice. He admits to having no peace, no quietness, no rest, only turmoil.
One of Job’s friends explained to him of all the good he has done in his life and how well he has served others. Many have benefitted from Job’s wisdom, knowledge, kindness and generosity. He questions Job on becoming discouraged when trouble now comes to him. And in all honesty, Hallie and I did not fully comprehend the entirety of this chapter.
We agree that Job 5 filled us both with faith and confidence in God and all his power and mercy and blessings. We believe this is still one of Job’s 3 friends who was with him, Eliphaz the Temanite, who shared all the trouble, trials and struggles God may put on a human, but then reward them with joy and healing, wealth and security. God may take away and give great reward and abundance, as he is all powerful, the Almighty. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.