Our first reading gives us the story of Job, a good man suffering
every kind of hardship, including the death of his children and a
skin disease that left him in misery.
His friends came to him, insisting that these misfortunes could
only come as punishments from God for his sinful ways.
In reply, Job insists that no one could know the mind of God. no
one could know the reasons for which God allowed his children
to suffer sadness.
In his defense of God's independence, Job insisted, "It is God
alone who stretches out the oceans, he alone who treads upon
the crest of the waves.'