Job 1:7-8, Job 2:2-3, Job 38:1, Job 39:1
Undoubtedly, everybody has heard about Job at some point in time. The book was written to discuss the age-old question, “Why do the righteous always seem to suffer?” The purpose of Job is to give a demonstration of the sovereignty of God and the value of true faith.
An introduction to the book of Job:
It is one of the five books of poetry:
There are five parts or sections in the book of Job:
4. God answers 38:1-41:34
5. The Restoring of Job 42:1-17
Sources of Suffering:
Suffering can be a punishment for wrongdoing, however that is not generally the situation. Success is not generally a compensation for being good. The children of God (born-again Christians, believers) are not excluded from tribulations. We might be unable to comprehend the trial and torment we are experiencing, but it might be the catalyst to draw us closer to God. We need to learn how to perceive Satan’s assaults and not to be apprehensive about it. God sets the constraints of what evil that Satan is allowed to do to us. We should try not to let any experience make a divider that would separate ourselves from God. We cannot govern what Satan does, however, we can control how we respond and react when things begin turning out badly.
How do we respond?
Now turn to 1 Peter 4:12-19.
Jesus’ words are brought to mind by Peter: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11). Christ will send His Spirit to help those whose faith is being attacked. However, this does not imply that Christian behavior causes all suffering. When it is abundantly clear to everyone else that the individual’s own unfavorable behavior is the root of his or her problems, a person may occasionally complain, “He is just picking on me because I am a Cristian.” To identify the true cause of our suffering, it may necessitate careful consideration or wise counsel. However, we can rest assured that Christ will be with us throughout any suffering we endure as a result of our devotion to Him.
Being a Christian is not something to be ashamed of. At the point when Peter and John were mistreated for proclaiming the Good News, they cheered in light of the fact that such oppression was a sign of God’s endorsement of their work.
We should not attempt to avoid suffering or seek it out. Instead, we ought to continue doing what is right despite the potential for suffering.
Now look at Job 38:1.
God spoke out of a mighty wind or storm. Job's questions were not at the heart of the issue, so it was surprising that He did not respond to any of them. Instead, God revealed Job's ignorance of God's moral order by utilizing Job's ignorance of the natural order of the earth. How could Job possibly comprehend God's mind and character if he did not understand how God's physical creation worked? When it comes to judging, there is no higher standard or criterion than God Himself. The standard is set by God alone. The only option we have is to rely on Him and submit to His authority.
Then Job 39:1.
God demonstrated Job's limited knowledge of the animal kingdom by asking him a number of questions about it. Job did not answer God's questions. Instead, He was persuading Job to acknowledge and submit to God's sovereignty and power. He could not hear what God was really saying to him until that point.
God speaks but we might not know the answer. If we do not comprehend the workings of creation, how can we comprehend the mind and manner of God? We must identify and surrender to God's might and ruling, then will we be able to hear God. Are we worse off than Job or are we more righteous than he was? Do we plead our innocence to God or offer our humility? We are not to question God’s justice, but we are to repent of our attitude. True faith begins with our submission to the Lord and being humble.
If God had not restored Job, would the message have been any different? No, I do not think so. Our restoration may not be on this earth, but it will be completed. We are to be prepared for trials, persevere through those trials, and give praise to God continually.
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