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The Patience of Job
by Gerard Seghers (mid-1600’s)
In Book III, the narrative style turns into a dialogue. Let’s look at the conversation, one statement and response at a time.
O Lord God, I see that patience is very necessary unto me; for many things in this life fall out contrary. For howsoever I may have contrived for my peace, my life cannot go on without strife and trouble.
2. "Thou speakest truly, My Son. For I will not that thou seek such a peace as is without trials, and knoweth no adversities; but rather that thou shouldest judge thyself to have found peace, when thou art tried with manifold tribulations, and proved by many adversities. If thou shalt say that thou art not able to bear much, how then wilt thou sustain the fire hereafter? Of two evils we should always choose the less. Therefore, that thou mayest escape eternal torments hereafter, strive on God's behalf to endure present evils bravely. Thinkest thou that the children of this world suffer nought, or but little? Thou wilt not find it so, even though thou find out the most prosperous.
No matter what the disciple (us) tries to do, he cannot seem to get rid of problems in his life. He recognizes that since he cannot do anything about the difficulties in his life, he needs to learn patience before he ends up completely miserable. Jesus tells the disciple (us) that patience is the right way to go, because having untested “peace” ends up not being peaceful at all. Without earning peace through life’s difficulties, we have no way to be sure that our peace is the real thing. At the same time, Jesus indicates that having untested “peace” likely leads to Hell. He says this because when we are always happy, we grow complacent. We stop thinking about uncomfortable things and stop asking hard questions. We also tend to forget that our happiness is a result of God’s grace, and not our own making. Jesus recognizes, and says so, that life’s difficulties are not good in and of themselves, but their “evil” is good because it prepares us for our eternal reward. Without learning from these lesser evils, we will face the worst kind of evil—eternal damnation.
3. "'But,' thou wilt say, 'they have many delights, and they follow their own wills, and thus they bear lightly their tribulations.'
4. "Be it so, grant that they have what they list; but how long, thinkest thou, will it last? Behold, like the smoke those who are rich in this world will pass away, and no record shall remain of their past joys. Yea,... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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