6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
In a rare glimpse of the heavenly realm, Satan approaches God and God asks Satan if he has noticed His servant Job. God then goes on to create what would seem like an impeccable resume for Job: the finest man in all the earth; blameless; complete integrity; fears God; and stays away from evil. God was saying Job was a good man.
Sometimes people ask, “WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?” We see in the book of Job God allowed Satan to test Job. “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence. Satan went on to kill all of the animals on Job’s farm, along with all of Job’s servants and workers. Satan even took the lives of Job’s children, whom Job cherished. Job’s response was to fall down and worship saying, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” Wow, praising God in the midst of extreme adversity. How many of us could do what Job did? Job realized whatever he had was the Lord’s and the Lord had the right to take it away from Him. Job even spoke out about his misery to his friends saying, “But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful? One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure, the picture of good health, vigorous and fit. Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life. But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots. “Look, I know what you’re thinking. I know the schemes you plot against me. You will tell me of rich and wicked people whose houses have vanished because of their sins. But ask those who have been around, and they will tell you the truth. Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape disaster. No one criticizes them openly or pays them back for what they have done. When they are carried to the grave, an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb. A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose. Job is saying, it doesn’t matter, good or evil, it seems unjust things happen, but everyone will eventually go to the grave. Even King Solomon said, “I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt! I said to myself, “In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.” Indeed a time will come for every man to be judged. And it won’t matter if the person was rich or poor, good or evil, healthy or sick, each will be judged fairly by God.