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The book of Job 13 in The New Oxford Annonated Bible states Job was the greatest man among all in the East He was a faithful servant of God he owned thousands of animals and had many servants and friends Job had a very large family with seven sons and three daughters Why was Job chosen to suffer and receive punishment at the hands of the Lord one may ask The major themes in the book describe the ways Job deals with suffering and despair the Lord handed him How one deals with despair and suffering is what makes a person who he or she is The Lord is not a stranger to suffering Psalms 6933-36 states The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people Let heaven and earth praise him The seas and all that move in them For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah Then people will settle there and possess it the children of his servants will inherit it and those who love his name will dwell there God does not intentionally inflict despair and heartache on his believers for no reason at all I think the despair we experience and how we deal with it is a test to show our true selves The Lord does not make us suffer because of what we have done Through suffering we become better people and grow as an individual You find your identity through terrible experiences I have dealt with serious heartache and do believe that I have grown from it I have learned how to react to certain situations and how to overcome them I looked up the word suffering in the bible I was directed to Psalms 7321-26 It states When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered I was senseless and ignorant I was a brute beast before you Yet I
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