Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” … There is an ocean of God’s love available - there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love - whatever the circumstances.”

When you read Job, don’t look for an easy answer to, “Why and how do the righteous suffer?” There’s not one. “If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” There is not an easy answer to that. If there was any book where God had the opportunity to give that answer, here it was. Here is Job looking up, “Why is this happening?” It would be easy for God to say, “Here’s why.” But He doesn’t do that. What does God do? He asks Job forty or more questions to reveal to Job His character as the only sovereign God. He says, “You can trust me.”