Job was an upright person. Satan, one of the heavenly beings, came to God and wanted to know if Job, a man with a large family and many possessions, would continue to live a blameless and upright life if his many blessings were taken away from him. Satan believed that if this happened, Job would curse God to his face. God allows Satan to bring harm to Satan and test him.
As a result, Job lost his sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys, and his many servants. Then a storm hit the home of Job’s eldest sons, and and they were all killed. Still Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.
Satan then asked God if he could strike Job’s own body and see if his integrity persisted even then. When God agreed to allow Satan to do this, loathsome sores appeared all over Job’s body. While Job did not begin to do anything bad, he did begin to complain. In Job 3:1 we read, “Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.” Later (Job 23:2), Job said, “Today also my complaint is bitter.” Job searches for God and says, “Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come to his seat! I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.”
In response to the complaints of Job, God, in chapter 38, speaks out of the whirlwind. Whereas Job had wanted to question God (and God can handle our questions), God asks Job to take the witness stand and begins to question him:
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without
knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question
you, and you will declare to me.
How would we respond to God if God questioned us?
While many speak of the opinions of the “Fathers of our nation” as if they were all of one mind, there were many different ideas expressed and many compromises which took place. There were many Christians, but there were also many persons who were not Christians. The decision was ultimately made that persons in the United States had the freedom to worship in the manner they saw fit, or not to worship at all. We can be thankful for this freedom to worship God.
Earlier, in the colonial period, there was an important vote to be taken as to whether the colonies would declare independence from England. While there had been many Tories, supporters of the English government, by 1776 there was growing support for independence from England. Many were in favor of such a declaration, but the desire was for there to be a unanimous vote. A vote was taken on July 1, 1776. There were three delegates from Delaware, but only two were present. Representative Thomas McKean voted for the declaration and Representative George Read voted against it.
McKean sent word to the third representative from Delaware, Cesar Rodney. Rodney suffered from asthma, and in 1784 died from cancer. But he rode his horse all night, through much rain, in order to get to Philadelphia for the vote that would be taken the next day. As a result, the thirteen colonies all voted for independence. The Declaration was signed on July 4, 1776.
Today also it is important that we act as conscientious citizens, voting in ways that are pleasing to God and beneficial to our nation.