Just a quick thought about "The Job Question". The main thing we as believers need to come away from the story of Job is what James 5:11 tells us to look at,"Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy". Job was a man who HAD NO COVENANT with God.He didn't know what he could expect from God! Heb 6:12-20 states:
12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
God wants us to know WHAT He said and that He WILL KEEP His word!
If God was able to restore Job 7 times what he had without a covenant or,His word out to him,How much more will he take care of us IF we believe what he said!
Remember God doesn't tempt us with evil.He also doesn't use anything of the devil,sickness,poverty,worry etc.... to make us more like Jesus.When you get that out in the light it doesn't make good sense does it?But that is being taught in church after church every suday and wednesday.