Does God spoil our success?

Job Bible Background

07.04.2017 – Old Testament: Job 30.20–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 29–30 on July 4, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Job prospered mightily at one time, but then he lost it all. Adding to that, he suffered the loss of all ten of his children and the loss of his health. You can imagine the immensity of his anguish. He lamented to God,

“I cry out to You, but You do not answer me;
I stand up, and You regard me.
But You have become cruel to me;
With the strength of Your hand You oppose me.
You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride on it;
You spoil my success.
For I know that You will bring me to death,
And to the house appointed for all living.”
(Job 30.20–23) 

We can certainly feel for him as he agonized over the multitude of ways in which he suffered, but it is also true that we always have to speak of God and to God the things that are right, even as Jesus did when He suffered for all humanity.


  • Have you spoken against God, but regretted it later?
  • What did you think when a dear friend or family member suffered and cursed God?

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