Why Me, Lord?…Why Do the Righteous Suffer?
This is a question asked throughout the years; Job thought to be the oldest book in the Bible, deals with this problem; so it is not only an unanswered question of our day.
Job is described as blameless and upright: a man who feared God and shunned evil. Also he was a wealthy man with seven sons and three daughters, and owned much livestock and many servants. In fact he was said to be the greatest man among the people of that time.
Then one day Satan accused God of putting a hedge around Job to shelter him, and God gave him permission to tempt Job but he was not to touch his body. After all Job’s children were killed and his livestock seized or destroyed, only one servant was spared to tell Job the sad news. Job grieved but responded thus: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will die. The Lord gave and the Lord takes away. May the name of the Lord be praised!”
During all Job’s loss and suffering, he did not sin by charging God with wrong doing. Then Satan appeared in God’s presence again, and when God spoke words of praise concerning Job, Satan said if Job’s flesh and bones were stricken, He would curse God to His face. So God gave Satan permission to afflict Job’s body, but he was not to take his life.
Therefore, after suffering severe bodily pain and illness and lack of encouragement by his so called friends, Job remained faithful to God. I believe faithfulness is a virtue that will be rewarded: some of us can not accomplish great feats for God, nor give great sums of money, but the least in His kingdom can be faithful and dependable.
Dear Father, You are aware that in recent days, I was very ill with viral pneumonia and other complications, and I appreciate the faithful nurses who cared for me while in the hospital, for the many who prayed for my recovery, and the faithful care my son and friends continue to provide, but most of all for Your love and presence. I thank You in Jesus’ Name for each blessing. Amen.