Despite what looks like an attack of divine wrath upon him for no apparent justification, Job maintains his faith and trust in God and belief that God cannot be punishing him for any known sin he has committed.
In the beginning of the book, Job offers sacrifices for his children, intercedes and prays to God on their behalf. (*See Job 1:5)
After everything is taken from Job, he doesn’t curse God, but he is thrown into an abyss of self pity and depression, focusing on his troubles and wishing only for death.
“At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth. “Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived. Let that day be turned to darkness… Job 3:1 NLT (*see Job 3:1, 3-6)
Then his friends come by to comfort him. However, when they hear him talking so negatively they begin to assault his integrity, though they have no justification for condemning him other than the fact that he has been mercilessly persecuted through myriad tribulations.
They are judging him by his misfortunes adding to them by heaping sorrow upon sorrow.
Like Job, we cannot understand our trials sometimes for they seem so unfair.
Why should we be afflicted when others are not? We may wonder if God plays favorites.
Yet the Bible reveals “For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11 NLT
After studying God’s Word we gain a better understanding of suffering, how God views pain and affliction, and the purpose of trials.
We will never have all the answers this side of eternity, “
God rewards them with a wonderful new life and all their former misery seems to vanish away in a beautifully restored life through His measureless mercy and grace.
And then there are others who seem to be destined to suffer through serial trials and misfortunes throughout their lives.
Their Divine Coach gives them short reprieves to sit on the bench for a rest from their suffering every so often, but then He sends them back into the Divine Game as First Stringers, to combat their spiritual Opponent.
“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
Some may seem never to suffer. However, to everything there is a season, and a time and purpose to everything under the heavens.
Also, some types of suffering go unseen, for appearances are deceiving. Only God knows all hearts.
What today is, tomorrow may not be. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT
God knows what the limits of each person are and He never gives us more than we can tolerate. (See 1 Corinthians 10: 13)
The Lord tests each of us according to His Word to see if our faith is genuine.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine.
It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
God’s Word says that our Heavenly Father chastises each one of His children to make us holy.
“As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children.
Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.
Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how.
But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful!
But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:7-11 NLT
As we glean from studying the Book of Job, it is never wise to judge people or God by their or our own afflictions.
“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? “Job.38.1, Job.38.2
Romans 8:28 reveals that God is working all things together for good to those who love Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 admonishes us to pray without ceasing, rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
After the Lord appeared to Job and counseled him, Job prayed to God and worshiped Him, repenting for his misunderstanding of God:
“I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You. Therefore I loathe [my words] and abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 AMPC
Ultimately God was angry with Job’s friends who had condemned Job unfairly.
He told them to go have Job pray for them and bring sacrifices for him to offer to the Lord on their behalf.
After Job prayed for them, the Bible says, “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends…”
God rewarded Job and blessed him with more than he’d started out with.
The book of Job teaches us that prayer sets us free from bitterness and releases God’s love in our hearts so that He can bless lives through us.
God will restore us once we throw off the shackles of unforgiveness, which leads to an unhealthy focus on the self, breeding self pity and resentment, the bitter roots of depression, making our attitudes negative, hopeless, and dark.
Prayer and Forgiveness open the door to God’s love and light in our hearts and sets us free to experience God’s healing mercy and grace.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Thy immeasurable love and mercy towards each of us. When we suffer through trials help us to understand that You do love us, that You have not forsaken us and never will, and that You suffer with us in our pain through Christ who’s Spirit dwells in us. Thank You for Thy Word that assures us of these truths; bless and encourage all who are suffering through trials and fill them with rivers of Thy peace and strength to make it through, in Jesus’ name, amen.
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