The book of Job is a brilliantly composed epic poem that wrestles with one of the core questions of the human experience: “Why do good people suffer?

Here’s the scenario. Job is a great guy. He’s rich, he’s powerful, he’s got a great family, and he is a truly good man. He’s a pillar of society. He’s on top of the world. And, he loves God. One day the accuser proposes to God that Job is only a God-lover because God has showered him with all the creature comforts of life. Take them away, he suggests, and Job would turn on God in a heartbeat.

So, God accepts the challenge and, in one day, Job loses everything. He goes from riches to rags overnight. On top of that, he becomes tortuously ill and writhes in agony day and night.

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