Many of us live in relative abundance while simultaneously worrying that if we lose what we have, that we would lose ourselves too. Who would I be if I lost everything? How would I survive? If my happiness is gone, what is the purpose anymore? In other words, if I lost everything, if the things that make me happy go away, would I ever be able to align with my higher self again (and recognize that ‘aligning with higher self’ could be considered another way of saying ‘love God’)? We think it’s easy to align with our higher selves (i.e. – be ‘happy’, or ‘love God’) while we are in abundance, and that it would be hard if we are not in abundance. This however is backward thinking, because alignment with source, with higher self, is where abundance flows from. Abundance is not required first in order to have connection to higher self, rather connection with higher self is required first to have abundance. Abundance means happiness, it does not mean material wealth alone. Remember many who are very wealthy are also very unhappy, so that is not true abundance. True abundance extends to all areas of life and translates into true contentment, joy and peace in life.
Back to Job. This is essentially a story, a cautionary tale of you will, of what occurs when the lower self (ego, played here by the devil) is allowed to challenge the higher self (God). Because we are free beings, we are allowed to do this, we are allowed to follow our ego instead of our highest selves if we choose this. From this perspective, Job is not a victim, rather this is a choice Job makes on another level. This leads to disastrous consequences, in a word – suffering. Job suffers when the ego is allowed to challenge his alignment with higher self. Then when he is at the bottom, the lowest point, he asks a logical question: “why?” God’s answer is that he cannot understand the infinite nature of God. This is Job’s higher self trying speaking to the ego, the higher self trying to re-integrate with Job’s ego, by making him realize that the infinite aspect of who he is, is the part which truly has the power in this universe, and that the ego’s power is an illusion. The ego of Job is disconnected and cannot know abundance, and will only know suffering. The ego believes in limits, therefore it cannot know the abundance that the highest self does.
I always find it interesting to put a new spin on an old story. This story like many in the bible is easier to understand when we look at the symbolic nature of the story rather than trying to take it literally. Humanity has evolved since this story was written, and the original way it was presented worked for people of that time perhaps, but it does not work for people now because we have evolved past this notion of the human as separate from the rest of the universe. We have evolved past the notion of a punishing God. This story still has a fundamental truth hidden within it, but needs to be looked at from a new angle to see it.
Love and Light,