The Book of Job — “Testing Times”

Of all the books in the Hebrew Scriptures the one so many come back to is the Book of Job. I suspect that is true because so many of us from time to time or for extended periods of time believe we can’t catch a break. We just get caught up on our bills, and the hot water heater breaks and the roof leaks. We fight off on deadly disease, and another one rears its ugly head. We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and its a freight train headed our way. Everyone knows what we I am talking about. We have all been there or are there right now.
During these times we want to scream at the fates or even God himself. Frankly, I don’t think God minds a little screaming now and then, it means we believe he exists and can help.
What is hard, somewhat impossible at times, is to believe that we are at this place in time for a reason — a reason we cannot understand, but a reason. The words in the Book of Job hardly bring consolation.
Yet, it is in these “testing times” we finally begin to understand life and that first and foremost we are called to simply breathe — to not to forget to breathe, like my Yoga instructor told me today.
There is purpose to our suffering, we may never know what it is, but there is a purpose.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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