(note: If you haven’t read “Why Me, God?” (Part 1) yet, I suggest checking it out before reading Part 2. To find the link, scroll down to “Related Articles” at the bottom of the article)
When we left off last time, Job had passed his first test! Satan took away his wealth (livestock, in other words), many of his servants, and his children. How horrible! And yet, through all of that, Job continued to trust in God. Satan lost the first bet, but he must still think he can win, because here he goes again. This selection is from Job 2:1-8 (NIV).
“On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the LORD, ‘From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.’
“Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.’
“‘Skin for skin!’ Satan replied. ‘A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.’ The LORD said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.’
“So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.”
So, after taking all that Job has, Satan has gone as far as covering Job in painful sores. This must be a horrible time for him! As Satan said “Skin for skin! A man will give all he has for his own life.” Is this true in Job’s case? Let’s see in Job 2:9-10 (NIV)
“His wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’
“He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
I think Job makes a very good point here that we should pay attention to. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? We easily accept the obviously good things from God, but hardly ever the bad things. But the thing is, with God, the bad things will have a good outcome in the end. While going through it, our minds may have a hard time comprehending it, but it’s true!
We’re now going to skip to the end of Job. We are now in Job 42:10b-17 (NIV).
“…the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silverand a gold ring.
“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had 14,000 sheep,6,000 camels, a 1,000 yoke of oxen and a 1,000 donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.”
So all this turned out to be a happy ending! How?
1. God showed Satan that Job really was a good guy that loved Him and wanted to obey Him.
2. Although he lost his children, Job’s wealth was doubled and he had more kids!
Isn’t that great?! Even though the beginning started out badly, it had a happy ending. It will be the same for you! Although we go through hard times, God will make sure we get through to the end, and there is always a good outcome!