Why? The question we all ask: Job 3
Today’s reading: Job 1-4.
Questions fall like showers of endless rain
Into oceans of the unexplained
Someday it all will be made known…
+++Kim Hill, “God Works in Mysterious Ways”
Job, the man, is an icon of patient suffering. Job, the book, is a puzzle to understand. Is it a story about God’s sovereignty, or about man’s faith? Then again, maybe it’s an explanation of why we suffer. As the story unfolds, it deals mainly with unanswered questions.
“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed? …. Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day? … Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” Job 3:11-23
Job wasn’t really questioning why he was born. He wanted to know why he was born only to experience so much pain and sorrow. He is the ultimate example of all those who want to know why God allows suffering. Unfortunately for Job, he lacked the heavenly perspective that God gives to us, the readers of Job’s story. We know that his suffering began with Satan’s argument with God.