The 42 chapters of the Book of Job describe one man’s loss of almost everything he had, including his ten children. Job was a good man toward his community and family. He was a man who loved Yaweh-God and followed Him. His love for God was the foundation of his faith and righteousness.
Job lost almost everything in life through no fault of his own. His wife and friends misunderstood him and his faith was tried.
Here are a few lessons we can learn from this man’s story:
- Bad things in our life come to us from ourselves, the devil or others. When we meet with difficulty we should examine ourselves as to where this trouble might be coming from so we can respond appropriately. Job’s troubles did not come from his own sin or foolishness, nor did they come from others. His troubles came from the devil – Satan – evil spirits.
- There is a spiritual warfare. We must understand that mankind has an unseen enemy that desires to ensnare us and destroy us. For some he destroys them by sickness or poverty – for others he destroys and binds them by success and wealth.
- God is good and God is sovereign. This is what we see throughout the pages of the Bible. Do not be confused about this: God is good and loves you. Sometimes in his sovereign plan for us He allows us to go through difficulties for a season, but his ultimate aim is good. Romans 8:28. God tests us to develop our faith; the devil tempts us to destroy our faith.
- God will not allow you to be tempted above what you can take and will provide a way out. Remember that! No matter how difficult it seems God knows you can take it and He is providing a way to win over this difficulty for our good if we are patient, endure and look for it. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
- Stay focused on who God is, what He has done for you in the past, what He is doing for you during this time, and what He will do for you in the end.
- In the end, all things will work out for the good. He promises that. Be patient and don’t make a bad decision during the midst of your difficulty. Romans 8:28
- Sometimes well-meaning friends don’t know our deepest heart and they speak unkind words or unkind action. Try to love them back with the love of God. Matthew 5:44.
In the end, God restores all and more to Mr. Job. This is how God works if we remain faithful and true to Him and guard our hearts against bitterness.
If you’re walking through a difficulty now, don’t give up. There is light at the end of the tunnel (no, and it’s not a train!) God is working in you a great glory and your present sufferings are preparing you for even more!
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18