What was the man thinking when, in the tragic losses of war, fire, and wind, he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)?
Is it the hand of our Father that uses the forces of nature to grab, rip, and pound us into submission? Does he smile when we give him credit for what some call Acts of God?
Seems to me that Job’s initial confession may have helped him misread what was happening.
Yes, it was The Almighty who allowed The Accuser to rip into his life and loves. It was God who even ended up speaking from within a wild whirlwind to finally bring Job to his knees—without full understanding. But the reassurance of Gods’ presence in the violent forces of nature doesn’t amount to an explanation of what had happened to Job, or us.
What that reassurance did do was give us reason to believe that it is The Accuser who wants us to think the worst about our God—with resulting envy and contempt for one another.
But could The Deceiver also be the one who is first deceived? In the end, isn’t he the one who learns that he has overplayed his hand in his efforts to get Job, and us, to believe that what God allows are heartless Acts of God.