A Christian Journey

The Purposes Of God

“Or why was I not a miscarriage, hidden and put away, as infants who never saw light?”  Job 3:16   Amplified

Our study on the 3:16 verses in each book of the Bible continues in Job.  The book of Esther did not have a verse 16 in the third chapter.   I find it interesting, though, that our verse today is about a miscarriage, which happens to a woman.

Most people are well aware of the book of Job a man who suffers great loss, but remains steadfast in his faith in God.  Seemingly in one day he loses all his possessions and all of his children, only his wife remains.  She wasn’t a comfort to him though, verse 2:9 states she told him to curse God and die!  Makes you wonder if he didn’t wish she had been taken as well.

The beginning of chapter three says he cursed his birthday.  Our verse today would indicate he wished he would have never been born.  When I first read today’s verse my mind went to all the babies who have been aborted.  Just as Job didn’t understand why all these things happened to him, we don’t understand why all those millions of innocent young lives have been taken.  They both happened for the same reason though, satan.    Everything was great with Job until the devil went to God and told Him that if He took away his protection Job would curse Him.   Does satan tell God the same thing about us?

Why do good people suffer?  Why do believers suffer?  It doesn’t seem fair to us?  That’s exactly what the devil wants us to think.  Job told his wife in 2:10 that she was foolish and “shall we not accept only good at the hand of God and shall we not accept misfortune?”  God works all things together for good, Romans 8:28.  Bad things happen, but good things happen too, and he puts them all together like a symphony in the beautiful song of salvation.   Look at what happened with Jesus.  He was a healer, a teacher, a leader, but he died a horrible death.  The ultimate good came out of that – eternal life for us.

I don’t believe God  has a problem with us asking Him why something happens, He is our Father.  I’ve heard it said, it’s not what happens to you that matters, but your reaction to it that determines the outcome.  Stand firm in your faith and know that God loves you and only wants the best for you.  Know that your enemy doesn’t want you to trust God too.  Job stood firm and God blessed him with twice as much as he had before.

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