Job’s Response As an Example in Suffering

October 6, 2014 | Tags: ,

20 Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, 21 saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Praise the name of Yahweh.

22 Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.

-Job 1:20-22

Job is a great resource when we are going through suffering. As difficult as his circumstances were, we can find great comfort in the pages of the Book of Job. We will ultimately see a man who suffered tremendous loss, but worshiped God despite it. That’s the same position we must maintain if we are to stand strong through our suffering.

The temptation to “curse God and die,” as Job’s wife proclaimed in Job 2:9, may indeed be a very tempting thing to do. But no matter how tempting it is, we must turn away from the temptation, relying on the power of God to carry us to trusting God instead. God honors the hearts that proclaim His goodness, even during the most painful of trials.

Satan was really after Job’s faith in God. It’s what he’s always after for each one of us. Will we still have faith in God, even when things don’t go the way we believed they would go? Would we still love Him? That’s the test of our faith.

Job spoke very wise words to his wife, and to all of us. He said, “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?” (Job 2:10). Meditate on that verse for a while, and spend time in prayer over it. It is my prayer that you find encouragement, strength, and a deeper faith because of it.

By Courtney Silberman

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