The 3 D’s

Death, divorce, and disease could be called the three Ds of misery. They slice through life like a knife through butter; they raise doubts and destroy dreams.

Recently, Sally and I agreed that we have had years where that we both would just as soon forget. We remember having suffered through at least two of the three in recent year

Our conversation brought Job to mind.

In a short period of time, he lost his children, his health, his wealth, and his wife’s respect. Job’s distress was so great that he pleaded, “May the day perish on which I was born” (Job 3:3). Job wanted God to erase not just a year, but all memory of his existence! He had enjoyed years of success and respect. Now, he questioned the very purpose of living (3:20).

Job wanted to die and be forgotten, but instead God made sure his name and story would be remembered forever. Rather than give Job what he asked for, God gave future generations what they would need—an inside look at the spiritual battle between God and Satan.

The result is a God-inspired document about suffering that has comforted countless people.

When what we fear actually happens, we know, thanks to Job, that God can use it for good.

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