Job: The Revelation of God in Suffering
He’d been in excruciating pain for months, with open sores all over his body, and he’d been bearing the grief of seven dead sons and three dead daughters during that time.
Job’s Wavering Faith and Complaints to God
After death, he confesses that he will see God as his Redeemer, questioning God’s justice and insisting on his own righteousness at the expense of justice.
The Superficial Theology of Job’s Friends
Job defeats his friends’ superficial theology by demonstrating that there is no correlation in this world between righteousness and prosperity or wickedness and suffering; the righteous often suffer more than the wicked, and the wicked often prosper more than the righteous.
Elihu’s Rebuke and Counsel
Job’s younger friend, Elihu, rebukes Job and his three friends for their theology, claiming that Job had said rash and presumptuous things about God in order to justify himself. Elihu believes that Job is a righteous man, though not perfect, and that God loves him.
A Twofold Purpose of Suffering in Job’s Life
Job’s suffering is neither a punishment nor a sign of God’s wrath; removing the disease of pride is the most loving thing God could do, no matter the cost; it is better to suffer the excruciating pain of a gouged out eye than to keep any sin in your heart.
A Gathering Storm and God’s Rebuke of Job
Following Elihu’s speech, God speaks to Job (chapters 38u201341), not to Elihu; in 42:3, Job quotes these words from 38:2 and applies them to himself; God never rebukes or criticizes Elihu; instead, he speaks to Job and criticizes Job.
Job on Trial Before God
“Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me,” says God in Job 38:3; “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” says God in Job 38:4u20137.
God focuses on the sea in 38:8u201311, asking Job about the constellations: Pleiades, Orion, Mazzaroth, the Bear! And so are we, because the scientific advancements of the last two hundred years are like sand-pails of saltwater hauled from the ocean of God’s wisdom and dumped in a hole on the beach while th
God Pauses for Job’s Response
Job is recognizing that a finite creature with no wisdom to govern this world has no right to instruct his Maker and Ruler on how to govern it – even condemning God for the way he governs it.
God Continues His Case Against Job
God challenges Job in Job 40:6u20139 to join him in this holy and purposeful might. God wants us to see that his might does not make right in the sense that it can be capricious, arbitrary, and irrational and still be right. This is very different from saying, “Acknowledge that my might is right no matter what I do.”
George Mueller’s wife Mary died of rheumatic fever on February 6, 1870, and the Lord gave him the strength to preach at her memorial service. Pray that God would humble you to see these murmurings as sinful, and that you would be content with God’s holy will and not murmur.
What does Job say about suffering?
Job’s book raises questions about suffering and God’s justice, claiming that Job is only righteous because God has rewarded him, and that if he is allowed to suffer, his true character will be revealed.
What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?
In times of adversity, Jews may turn to the Book of Job, where God allows Satan to put Job to the test, implying that Job would not worship God if God did not protect him.
What was Job’s question to God?
Job’s brave answer to Eliphaz’s question, “Can mortals be righteous before God?” Although the book as a whole appears to have a satisfyingly “religious” ending, Job’s basic contention, that he is innocent and did not deserve the suffering inflicted upon him, remains unresolved.
Did Job praise God?
Job 1:20 Then Job rose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped, 21 and he said, “… The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away…” Satan said he’d curse God, but Job praised Him instead.
How does your suffering bring you closer to God?
Suffering draws us closer to God, primarily because we turn to Him when we have nowhere else to turn, and we are facing and going through what He has gone through before us.
What problems did Job have?
Job is suffering from terrible skin sores this time, and his wife encourages him to curse God and give up and die, but Job refuses, struggling to accept his situation. Three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, come to visit him and sit with him in silence for seven days in honor of his mourning.
What did God take away from Job?
Despite his difficulties, he said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). God tested Job’s faith and refined his character by testing his faith and refining his character.
Why do good people suffer?
1. Good people suffer because of inequality; society is structured to benefit the majority. According to psychologist Jay Watts, the great “why” of suffering is not so much about who is good and who is bad, but rather about where people fall in society.
What does God say to Job at the end of the story?
God speaks at the end of Job’s book; we don’t know if there was a booming echo, but it certainly silences Job. Job is basically saying, “I had to see it to believe it,” but he couldn’t have seen it because God is unknowable.
Is it okay to question God?
u201cDon’t question God; just trust Him,u201d as the saying goes. There’s nothing wrong with God’s Word; the issue is how we hear and understand it at times.
How do you get a response from God?
What Can I Do to Receive God’s Answers?
- Practice Serious Reflection.
- Write It Down.
- Ask: Is There More?
- Invite Revelation.
- Move Forward in Faith. I sometimes assume that God will simply give me revelation because it’s obvious that I need His help and guidance in my life.
Where does Leviathan live?
Leviathan is described as a female monster living in the watery abyss (as Tiamat) in the Book of Enoch (60:7u20139), while Behemoth is a male monster living in the desert of Dunaydin (“east of Eden”).
What does the Bible say about praising God in hard times?
David reminds us in Psalm 34 that we should praise God in both good and bad times, and that praise should fill our hearts every day, no matter our circumstances u2013 especially when we are going through seasons of great trials. Praise God in the storms, battles, and when life gets tough.
Does job ever curse God?
Despite his difficult circumstances, he curses the day of his birth rather than God, and despite his anguish, he refrains from accusing God of injustice; Job’s miserable earthly condition is simply God’s will.
What is the moral of the story of Job in the Bible?
Job demonstrates how to maintain faith in the face of adversity, even when the stakes are high. In the unseen world, Satan and the armies of darkness will be defeated because of our faith.