Because God said so
Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.Job 40:2
The story of Job is one of suffering, questioning, and doubt, but also one of redemption, fulfillment, and contentment. Job starts out with enormous wealth and a fruitful family. Then all of that is taken away by Satan with God’s permission. God allowed this to happen because he knew in the end, he would receive all the glory.
Throughout the book of Job, the main character consults with his friends to figure out why God let Job suffer. Sometimes we have these kinds of conversations with our close ones even to this day. Maybe we too have lost a loved one. Maybe we lost our jobs. Maybe we have even lost the will to live.
Near the end of the book, Job cries out to God and demands God to answer him. God answers Job by showing how powerful and almighty he is. He uses examples like, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you understand.” (Job 38:4) and “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south?” (Job 39:26)
God never directly answered Job’s question. Rather, God gave examples of his power and authority over all things. This was to show Job that even though he was suffering, he was not forgotten and God was still in control. Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? The answer is this: our mind cannot comprehend the knowledge and glory of God. Because of his majesty, we can be sure that he is always in control.
Job takes this to heart and in chapter 42, he apologizes to God for ever doubting him in the first place and he understands the wise counsel of the Lord. Once Job comes to this realization, God restores his fortunes in Job 42:10 and even gives him twice as much as he had before. This shows the grace and love of God for those who believe in him.
We will face troubles and trials in this world, but have no fear because Jesus Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). We will struggle, but as long as we put our hope and faith in Jesus Christ, there is nothing he can’t do for us. We might not understand what we’re going through or why we’re going through it. The important thing is that God is always there in the midst of our suffering. He provides for us and gives us salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whenever we have doubts, we can be sure that his love will provide for us.
This week, pray to God about the things you are struggling through. Lift up your requests to him in prayer, knowing that he is there listening and that he truly cares about you.