How is it that a man can choose such great faith, and still feel such great pain? How else could it be? If we take the risk of loving those around us, the grief will be tremendous if those we love are taken from us. The alternative to grief is to never love at all, and Job simply would not take that alternative.
We see in Job chapter 1 what is going on behind the scenes. It easy for us to look in the wrong places and not have faith that God is in control. A godly perspective takes into account that more is going on than what we can see.
We see from the Lord’s encounter with Satan that suffering is not always a person’s fault.
Suffering is the heritage of the bad, of the penitent, and of the Son of God. Each one ends in the cross. The bad thief is crucified, the penitent thief is crucified, and the Son of God is crucified. By these signs we know the widespread heritage of suffering.
What was important was what was in the heart of the crucified men. Christ as an obedient son and a suffering servant freely gave up his life for our salvation. The unrepentant thief died in his sins and would be judged. However, the thief who repented would be with his Lord in paradise. All three men endured the same suffering.
With knowing the Lord is on his throne, our lives take on meaning and purpose even in the midst of unspeakable pain and suffering.