A couple of weeks ago our seven-year-old grandson and I listened to a radio speaker. Dinesh D’Souza asked a question which struck a note with our grandson. He had read Job’s story in his Bible story book, so he knew the plot.
“Why didn’t God just tell Job, ‘It was a test, and you passed,'”? he wanted to know. “That’s a good question,” I said. I admit I didn’t have a ready answer. I also wanted him to think about his answer. A lot of questions about Job puzzle us. This is one of them.
If only we could make sense out of life at times. In spite of adversity, if only God would somehow personally let us know we’re on the right track, it might reassure us. It might encourage us to go on. We’d feel relieved.
I’ve thought about that question since. I’ve got some ideas, but I wonder if you have any thoughts. If so, I’d like to hear from you. Take your time. Think about it. Read Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is There A God Who Cares?, D’Souza’s new book (Tyndale, 2012). He may give his answer there, but I’m more interested in yours.
What’s your answer?