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Most of people go through suffering during their lifetime. There are two types of suffering. First one is deserved suffering cause by our sin, and action. Second one is an underserved suffering, where we do not know why we have to go though all of this hardships even though we lived in a correct, righteous way. In the Bible, Job is the perfect example of one who went through underserving suffering in the Old Testament. Job was described as a righteous person, the best person and obedient to God. However, God allowed Satan to test Job’s faith through suffering. Job lost everything important to him in a short period. I am not a righteous person like Job but I always wrestle with this topic of underserved suffering from my own experience and other people’s suffering that in human mind cannot grasp. Sometimes, I do not understand why God had to allow suffering to “good” and righteous people. The book of Job addresses issue on why do righteous people suffer undeservedly? and to help me to understand this topic better.
First, we blame Satan or the devil for suffering the cause of suffering. Satan challenged Job in three areas: Job's righteousness, Job's fear of God, and Job's separation from sin (Job 1:8-11). Satan claimed that Job fears God only because God protects and prospers him. The prosperity issue and its resultant retribution/ theology become a major focus in understanding suffering throughout the book (1:9-10; 2:4; 5:19-26; 8:6-7; 11:17-19; 13:15-16; 17:5; 20:21-22; 22:21; 24:1-12; 34:9; 36:11, 16; 42:10). The presentation of this false theology is therefore found in Satan's statements before the throne of God (chaps. 1-2), Job's crying (chap. 3), and the three dialogue cycles involving Eliphaz and Job, Bildad and Job, ...

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...e, of- ten not immediately made clear to the sufferer, but still effective in advancing missio Dei. In the book of Job, knowledge of his suffering spread throughout the Near East, brought "wise men" to his side, drew curious onlookers to witness his debates with the three friends, and ultimately resulted in a witness of his relationship with the Lord (Waters 33). Therefore, we can use our suffering experiences as a means for drawing people to Christ.
In conclusion, the book of Job teaches that who handles the suffering well has the opportunity to make sense of the unexplainable and to demonstrate confidence and faith in God. As Job's experience with undeserved suffering brought the ultimate example of this to his world, suffering believers can do the same today. A proper relationship with God, based on grace through faith, is all that matters in life (Waters 35).