Why did God let the devil attack Job,
Why did he let Job suffer?
We we asked
"Why would God allow satan to go after a good man like Job, saying to satan "hey have you seen how upright Job is" and then letting satan make a bet with God that he can win Job over and make him curse God?"
It is a good question. Why would he allow the devil to torment him so much and then let Job believe that it was God who was doing this and not the devil?
The fact that the Lord restored all his fortunes and even more at the end of the ordeal seemed like a reward but still didn't explain the horrific suffering he experienced. The last verse of Job before the epilogue offers an answer. After the Lord speaks directly to Job, this is his reply:
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. (Job 42:4-6)
The significance of this passage is that there is a huge difference between believing that God exists (acting AS IF he exists, trying to be a good person, etc.) and actually having a relationship with him. Before his experience of losing everything to the devil, Job had heard OF God, but at the end he knew God personally which very few figures in the Old Testament had, and which many Christians still haven't had.
This is the most valuable thing any human can have, a personal relationship with God, and a disciplined life that flows out of that relationship. Whether we get wealth or health is secondary. Because health and wealth are transitory lasting only until we die. But a relationship with God is eternal.
This is our prayer for you, that you will come to experience Jesus personally. I also pray that you don't give up on scripture and let scepticism win instead of giving an open minded reading to the most important book ever written.
The Lord can allow us to experience some horrendous things but if we persevere and stay faithful, we will have a great eternal reward.
all things work together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)