The Book of Job is the account of a very prosperous man who walked rightly before God. Job’s Faith in God was strong. However, God seriously afflicted Job to test Job’s Faith.
This book gives us much food for thought. It also gives us a glimpse of the spiritual world and the angels speaking to God. God asked Satan if he had considered Job who was upright and blameless, fearing God. Satan said that Job was blameless before God because God had protected Job and given him many possessions and children.
To prove Job’s faithfulness, God allowed Satan to remove all of Job’s possessions and kill Job’s children. However, Job still worshipped God after these calamities happened saying, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” God then told Satan that these calamities against job did not remove Job’s loyalty to God.
Satan then said that Job would turn away from God if God afflicted Job’s body. So God allowed Satan to afflict Job, giving Job sores all over his body. Job was then in great pain and was poor. However, Job did not turn away from God. Job’s wife even told Job to ‘curse God and die.’
Job’s plight is an excellent example of how we should respond to calamity or affliction in our lives. We must not give up and turn away from God. We must realize that God is faithful and will eventually reward our faithfulness toward Him.