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From the Front Porch: When Misfortune Strikes!


Job seen arguing with his friends concerning t...

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Summary:  Sometimes, bad things happen to us that are beyond our control. How we respond to these things is a sign of our character and faith in God to make sure we have the grace we need to take us through times of trial.

Poor Job. One can only look at him and feel empathy, even sympathy for his plight. He was a great guy who had a wonderful relationship with God, a relationship where God blessed him abundantly in his life. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, misfortune struck. His herds targeted by thieves, thugs kidnapped his servants,  and his family died in a raid on their home. To top it off, Job suffered a painful skin disorder.

His friends came to console him in mourning over his losses. And, well-meaning as they were, they offered a variety of reasons why Job suffered such misfortune. Let me list them for you:

-Eliphaz suggested that Job’s misfortunes were due to his human imperfection and, although Job couldn’t think of anything he had done to cause divine displeasure, he must now accept divine discipline.

-Bildad suggested that perhaps Job’s children had offended God and that was the reason Job was experiencing such great misfortune.

-Zophar indicated that God doesn’t just punish people for no good reason and that Job, as innocent as he claimed to be, was actually guilty of something or he wouldn’t be experiencing the magnitude of misfortune that he was experiencing.

Eventually, Job’s responses to his friends leave them angry and they leave. Then Job begins his “pity party”.  And, while he’s wallowing in his sorrows, he he blamed God for his misfortune.

Isn’t that what happens when misfortune strikes us?  We can’t wrap our brains around it or imagine what we did to deserve it. But we have to go through the pain of the darkness and uncertainly that casts a pall over our lives. Certainly someone or something has to be the cause of our pain or misfortune. And when we can’t figure it all out, the only person in the universe left to blame, is God.

Often, even though we struggle to understand why things happen to us, we can’t accept a simple answer — the answer that God, in effect, gives Job:  we are imperfect creatures who live an imperfect life. As human beings, we experience great moments of joy and some moments of pain, sorrow and loss. It all comes with being human.  Job’s story teaches us two very important lessons about human nature and one important lesson about God.

First, we can learn from Job that bad things happen to good people because live in an imperfect world.  Sometimes, bad things happen to us that are beyond our control to avoid. Although we don’t deserve these moments of trial, we cannot avoid them. They are simply part and parcel of what it means to be a human being.

Second, Job’s friends teach us to watch who we call in time of crisis or need. Sometimes, “friends'” will overlay their troubles on our situation and, when they do, their problems wrongly become a critique of our life!

Finally, we can learn that God is with us in our darkest, as well as our brightest and best, moments. Although he is not responsible for our misfortunes, he is always with us to provide grace to get through even the most difficult storms of our lives.  He was with Israel in the darkest cloud as well as the brightest fire; with Elijah in the earthquake, wind and fire; and with King David through great moments of bad choices and horrendous mistakes.  He will be with us too!

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  1. Brenda P
    September 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Awesome! One of the best explanations I have ever heard/read about why bad things happen to good people.

    • September 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Brenda, thanks for the comment! I’m trying to reach people with my blog. Feel free to repost if you wish and include the blog address (rwawee.com) whenever you do I would appreciate that very much.

      Bob

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  2. val
    September 2, 2011 at 2:22 am

    God is precise: It is a woman Rev 12 that delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. This woman exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. This woman creates a new thing in the earth by fulfilling God’s promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3 they all three are in this one woman. She is like unto Moses Num 12:3. She was raised up Acts 3:22 from the Laodicean church that becomes lukewarm because they refused to hear her Rev 3:14-17. She is bold like Elijah Matt 17:11, Luke 1:17. As Elijah was alone declaring the true God to the people 1 Kings 18:22 so also her witness alone turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the Lords return before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Those who will not hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God she now delivers to the world free of charge, as a witness, at the heel of time from the wilderness Rev 12:6 will not be allowed inside the walls of God’s coming kingdom from heaven Rev 21. This true testimony of the true value of the blood of the Lamb delivers the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6 and are placed Ezek 37:26 in God’s world. Prove all things. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first Pro 18:13. Start here http://minigoodtale.wordpress.com Check out the bruising of Satan and the reason for all of mankind’s sufferings. This is the Gospel that shall be preached in all the world as a witness and then the end will come.

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