Some 3500 years ago, a man named Job lived in Mesopotamia. He was blessed with a large family, seven sons and three daughters. Job was exceedingly wealthy. He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, and 500 donkeys. Job also had many servants who cared for these flocks and herds.
Marauders destroyed a large portion of these herds and murdered Job’s servants. Lightning caused huge fires, burned the sheep, and killed additional servants. Hurricane force winds toppled the home of the oldest brother and killed all Job’s children who were gathered there for a party. All this took place in a single day. Job was devastated.
This was not the end of his hardship. Job suffered the calamity of ill health. Sore boils broke out all over Job’s body. He groaned under the pain. His only medication was to scrape his oozing flesh with a piece from a broken clay pot. When three friends came to visit Job, they were astonished at his appearance. They sat in silent amazement and grief.
Job’s response is amazing. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). He asks, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10). How would you answer?
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