Job. Job. Job. It’s a tough one to decipher! In the opening chapter alone, we encounter several examples of how people come to ponder the meaning of life. Let’s look at Job first. He’s a wealthy guy with a herd of children, and he loves God – possibly more than anyone on earth. (Side note: have you ever thought about the fact that somewhere on this earth there is a person who indeed loves God the MOST. Out of all of us, there is someone who truly is an incredible person. I just know it.) He doesn’t take anything for granted, and he is kind.
Now, let’s look at this weird middle section, where God and the Devil are plotting to try and ruin Job’s life. I am fully and completely convinced that this section, along with several others, are why a lot of people say they don’t believe every word of the Bible. Now, I don’t know if taking every word of the Bible completely and fully literally is how we’re supposed to read it, but I do know that while this section could be considered a little sci-fi to some people, it also contains a deep-seated lesson that sometimes as humans is all we have to cling to during times of great grief and distress here on earth. What I’m saying is, I don’t know if some secretary or journalist or eavesdropper recorded this conversation between God and Satan, but I know that when my life has been in the crapper on several occasions, knowing that maybe God was trying to prove something gives me some contentment.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope it helps to start molding the overall theme of Job, which is (for me anyway) a commitment beyond understanding to God, the Father, the Creator, the Master of all.
Writing prompt: opening
What’s your impression of Job so far, and how do you interpret the middle section of this opening chapter?