The struggles of Job from the Old Testament are legendary. He had been a man whose love for God shone brightly. His obedience was absolute, without question.
So what happened? Satan asked God who, of all His people, was the most faithful and holy. God showed this man, Job, to Satan. He challenged God that Job would reject God. God allowed Satan to destroy Job's obedience, if such could be done.
Job, as a prosperous man with a large family, was reduced to nothing when all was taken from him.
His good friends visited him as he cowered by a fire. Job was covered with boils and ash, and about as miserable as a man could possibly be. His good friends recommended that Job curse God and die.
But Job held fast, despite abandonment from friends and seemingly from God. Job cried out to God and questioned His plan. God replied this:
Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you see the gates of the depest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
What happened then?
Job remained true. All that he had lost--including his entire family, his wealth--could not be returned to him. However, God renewed Job's losses with greater wealth, gifted him another wife and children.
Mourning turned to sunlight, held back seas of agony,