This owl showed up early one morning at my friend’s house. ©2021 C N E Amoah

Two shiny teardrops floated down the river of life. As they went, one said to the other, ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am the tear of a girl who loved a man and lost him to another girl, it replied, ‘And who are you?’ The other said, ‘I am the tear of the girl who got him.[1]

La vie est comme ça (life is like that). While one nation is trading blame, another country is jubilating over the finals of the same football tournament. They say, ‘in good times our friends know us, and in bad times, we know our friends[2].

Job had lived all his life to please God. So it came as a complete shock that in a matter of hours, he had lost 10 children, 1000s of oxen, asses, sheep, and camels – whatever he had as wealth and savings were gone. Indeed ‘riches have wings to fly. Then the boils popped up (Chaps. 2:7; 7:5). They broke out into the sores, itching, pus, stench, flies, ouch! But he still worshipped God. Then his Mrs. started an argument. Talk about bad timing.

Little wonder his friends Bildad, Eliphaz and Zophar tore their clothes and sprinkled ashes on their heads while they were still some distance away from where he was. Was this the respected nobleman they admired? 7 whole days they just sat there mourning with him – no discussion. Indeed, empathy was at its very best. They were chewing over how this could happen to such an upright man. In the end, they could only think that he must have been hiding some evil activities and, therefore, God was punishing him. You’re looking at another example of a single story (check Two Men and a Man II at https://elihasthots.net/2022/01/07/two-great-men-a-man-ii/)

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Of course, Mrs Job’s argument and the accusations of the trio were based on Satan’s crafty single stories. But assuming the trio was right. Suppose he had indeed done terrible things, and therefore, God was punishing him this bad; how come God did not reveal those horrible things? At least, to serve as a deterrent to others? Of course, Job insisted that he was innocent. He complained that God had become his enemy without cause.

Job 28:28 teaches us that wisdom is gotten from fearing God (reverencing, unquestioningly obeying). This is supported by Deut 4:6; Psa 111:10; Pro 1:7; 9:10; Eccl 12:13; Jas 3:13-17. Every single person born of a worman will undergo one kind of suffering or the other. Let’s be proactive about suffering. Let’s allow God to use us in, through, and despite it. It reveals our character and wisdom. Ignore the ignorant who consider this a weakness.

Some commentators say that Job’s suffering represents all the suffering that Christians (I dare say, all mankind) have suffered or will ever have to suffer. Yet, through it all, he maintained his integrity. And in the end, it paid him heavily. Check Job 42:12-17. Are you wise? Even in adversity? When was the last time you threatened God when you had a problem? Remember that all shall pass.


[1] Adapted from the song by Wariner, S. at https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevewariner/twoteardrops.html

[2] Collins, J. C. at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/john_churton_collins_406995

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