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Job 40:9: "...do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?"
Job is a rich and wonderful story of a man who lost almost everything - his children, whom he loved very much, all his possessions - and suffered from horrible boils all over his body, and yet managed to remain faithful to God. His distress at his situation was understandably extreme. He challenged God... demanded from God an answer to "Why?" He wanted to know, to understand, the reason for his state. Was it as a result of his unfaithfulness? Of some sin that he had committed? His friends thought so. They were sure that he was being punished for something he had done, for some evil in his heart. But Job knew that that wasn't true. He had questions and demanded answers.
His friends tried to reason with Job. Tried to extract some buried truth from Job about his sin. About his fault. About something, anything that would explain why. But Job remained steadfast and unmovable in his conviction that he was not guilty.
All too often we assume that people who suffer are being punished for something they have done. And many times that is true. Many of our sinful actions have an immediate consequence. All sin which has not been cleansed by the blood of Christ will have consequences, either here or on the day of judgment. But sometimes people suffer for a reason other than sin. In John's account of the Gospel, chapter 9, Jesus and the disciples encounter a blind man and the disciples asked Jesus: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" (verse 2). Jesus responded that neither was the case, but that the man was blind "so that the works of God might be displayed in him" (verse 3).
In Job we see the same situation - Job did not suffer the terrible losses and disease because of his sin. He suffered them to witness to the power of God and was rewarded for his enduring faithfulness to God with possessions much greater than he had before. And yet God had to remind him that He was in control: No one has an arm as powerful as God's. No one has a voice that speaks like God's.
As you go through your daily life, when you suffer, don't blame God. Realize that our all-powerful (omnipotent) God will sustain you, whatever your state may be. So remain faithful and true to Him, as Job did. Then you will be rewarded (Rev 2:10).