The Book of Job [Part Four] Why Bad Things Happen to Good People
To understand why bad things happen to good people we must understand that all life forms are influenced by something greater than it. Fish are influenced by the ingredients in the water in which it lives. If the water becomes polluted the fish dies. Our physical body is influenced by the bodies necessities. If they are not met, the body dies. But man is more than a physical body; he is a three-part being just like the One who created him. The physical body needs sustenance and shelter if it is to survive the elements, but the spirit within man needs something greater; love, compassion, encouragement and provision if it is to prosper and do well in the realm of influence. We understand from the book of Job that the events that took place in the life of Job was a result of influences he could not see. Job tells us his life was influenced by God, then Satan. The one wanted to destroy him, the other desired to prosper him. In the beginning Job acted according to the influences of God, but at some point he began to fear losing all that he owned. This later influence was not from God, but from Satan. So we see in the spirit realm that the one we allow to influence our life influences the events that follow in our life. Job is a perfect example of a good man who didn’t understand at the time what was happening to him. He did nothing he could see with his natural eyes to cause him to be stricken with boils from the top of his head to the soles of this feet.
As we read the story of Job, it almost seems as if his problem was a game between God his creator and Satan his enemy, and he was the pawn caught in the middle. It is only later in chapter three that Job reveals unto us why this bad thing happened to him. He had no obvious sin, but he lost his children and his property. Bad things happen to good people all the time and they don’t always understand why. Why does God allow bad things to happen to us? You probably are going to have a hard time understanding this; but bad things happen to good people because there is something in our life that needs to be removed before it destroys our relationship with the Lord God Almighty. And by that I mean, God will not play second fiddle to anything or anyone. We must put Him first, or He will elevate Himself to being first in our life through the things we experience wherein we learn to depend upon Him and not that which presently occupies first place in our heart. That thing which has first place in the hearts of most people is not a god and cannot protect you, provide for you, love you, encourage you or grant you eternal life, but God not only can, He does. If we do not understand that simple principle of spiritual influences; we are going to experience some difficult times in our life whether we are a good person or not.
It would appear, at least on the surface that Job was doing everything right. Now let’s read verse five of chapter one and see if we can pick up on what allowed this terrible time to descend upon Job. “So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify, (or consecrate his children) and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.” Do you see the suspicious wording in that scripture that is a clue as to why Job underwent his adversity? It’s there in the words, “For Job said,” and “Thus Job did regularly.” Why brother, “How could these words possibly cause all of Job’s problems?” Dear friends, what did Job say about his children? “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This is a description of fear operating in the life of Job, and fear does not come from God, but is the strongest influence of Satan. God rewards faith, He doesn’t reward fear. So we cannot allow fear of any kind to operate in our life and expect God to bless us. He will not share the throne room of our heart with a devil. Do you understand? The words of fear coming out of the mouth of Job opened the door to the devil to destroy his family and take away everything Job owned. Job allowed this to happen by the very words he was speaking over his children and his belongings. God wanted it out of Job’s life, and Satan wanted to exploit it. Solomon tells us in [Proverbs 18:21], “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it (say fearful things over and over again) will eat the fruit of it.” This story tells us, “Thus Job did regularly.” What did Job do regularly? He said and did the same fear-filled things after every feast day. He consecrated his children and said the same words over and over again because he was afraid his children might have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. The story doesn’t tell us Job ever asked his children what they did at their parties. He just assumed they were sinning in some way and that’s why he did and said what he did when their parties were over.
Now let’s skip over to chapter three and verse 25 & 26 where Job tells us why the bad things happened to him and his family. “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.” Job tells us it was his fear that brought this problem upon him and his family. And as a result he was not at ease, nor did he have any quiet time, (peace) or rest, because he was plagued by trouble. Job never in his wildest dreams imagined anything like this would happen to him because he thought he was doing the right thing by worrying about his children and losing his great wealth. Job didn’t realize worrying was a problem. But God knew and Satan knew what worry will do to a person. If Job was to become what God wanted him to become, the fear in Job had to be removed. Who did God use to remove the fear? Satan, Job’s enemy. When we understand bad things happen to good people, we should realize Satan is the one bringing it upon us, but only within the guidelines laid down by our Master. Our bad times serve a purpose and that is to cause us to overcome the thing that allowed it into our life, and to realize it will destroy us if we don’t buckle up, stand our ground, join forces with our Lord, be patient, defeat Satan, and receive the rewards that go to the victor. In Job’s case everything he lost was doubled. So he became twice as rich as he was before, and Jesus taught His disciples in Luke 18:28-30, Peter said, “See we have left all and followed you.” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left (or lost) house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many more times in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” So what Jesus did was reinforced in the hearts of His disciples if they lost all or gave up all and stayed the course with Him, the same kinds of rewards Job received after his trial was over would be theirs as well, and they would receive them in this life time. As you study the Book of Job, you will see that Jesus used many references from the life of Job to teach a spiritual lesson to His disciples who are the foundation of the New Testament Church. DThrash
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