Job can be a game ender for so many people and rightly so if their theology is too self focused. Satan is subordinate to God, even in his evil. God gives Satan permission to do his evil. God brought Job to Satan’s attention and God used it to prove to Satan that his power was limited. Earth is temporary and life on earth is temporary. Our suffering here is preparatory for our eternal existence without suffering. God does allow suffering but many people see this as contradictory with love. Just the opposite is true; sacrifice and suffering are the only ways evil gets defeated. Is all this unfair for Job? The answer is yes, on a human level, but the answer is no when you realize the privilege God gave Job to defeat evil with his love. So many people think Christianity is a shelter from suffering and God is their big buddy. Christianity is joining Christ in his great suffering. Welcome aboard!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.