Satan challenged God to  make a little gamble.

He said, “If you didn’t fence your kids in. They would  like to ramble.

Against you they would raise their voices, if you let me give them choices.”

“Ho,” said God, “have you considered Job. He’s my man.  Not a better man in the land.”

Satan said, “Let me at him. You’ll find him as fake as your man, Adam.”

God replied, “He will not rest, he will be true to his last breath; do your best – but you cannot cause his death.”


Now that serious confrontation caused Satan’s evil fixation

He expected it to be a shoe in, to bring about Job’s ruin.

But for Job, it was not so.  He began a fierce battle against God’s foe.

Now many month’s of Job’s tomorrows were heaped about with dreadful sorrows

Job’s friends accursed, rehearsed, conversed; Job ascertained, complained, explained.

“Job, you’re a sinner, that’s what you are!” accused Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.

Job yelled back and said, “That’s not so; I’ve walked with God all my life!  If you need a witness go ask my wife.

Then Job’s wife, with a cynical laugh, said all that shine was in the past.

“Now, Job, give up.  For you, God is dead!.  He’ll not defend you; it’s just in your head!”

Job said, “Woman, that is not true.  And I’ll not curse Him, no matter what you do.”

But poor Job – he did bewail and curse,  the year, month, and day of his birth.


Job does face a brighter day.  A more pleasant account of his saga will return another time.





About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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13 Responses to POOR, POOR JOB

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Love this❤️

  2. a great cliff hanger….

  3. shoniessky says:

    Thanks for sharing, great read

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Jon. It was fun. I think I’ll do “the rest of the story” but it is not done yet. I’ve been teaching a senior class on Sunday morning. Women my age can get a bit jaded with some Bible stories we’ve known for seventy years. I’m doing a little unexpected review! 😀

  4. Faye says:

    A reading and studying of Job is a great spiritual exercise for all believers, I think. Thank you for blog. Personally, I will go and refresh my understanding. I once had to read it three times to answer a question to pass an exam. . (I vowed I would not go ‘there’ again. To go with ‘fresh’ eyes and more relaxed endeavours is a great goal. Thank you.

    • oneta hayes says:

      True, Faye, there is so many troubling and deep issues in Job, we need to be more relaxed in looking at what we need to absorb from it. For instance there are so many things these “friends” and Elihu had to say but they are mixed with so much judgment, self approval, wrong motivations, along with some things that simply are not true. But where did Job come out to the good? Much more than just double what he had lost materially! Wouldn’t we all like his outcome without going through the process!

  5. Zakiyah Livingston says:

    It was a great spiritual exercise. I loved it.

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