Lessons We Can Learn From Job In The Bible

Have you ever said “I hate my life?” Job said in Job 10:1 “I loathe my life”

We have all have bad days once in awhile, yet most of us won’t even come close what Job experienced when we utter those painful words. The account of Job tells us that Job was a good man who was afflicted with an unimaginable amount of suffering. Because of this most people shy away from the book of Job if want to have a pick me up. If you are one who avoids this book, you may be surprised to hear this but the book o Job can be encouraging. Reading this book got me through one of the darkest periods in my life.

There are a few lessons we can learn from the book of Job.

1. We will be tempted

You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land. But now put forth your hand and touch anything he has, and surly he will blaspheme you to your face.

Job 1:10-13

Satan believed that Job was righteous because he had too many blessings. In other words, it’s easy to love God when you’re crushing through life with no problems at all. Upon hearing Satan’s theory, God granted him power over Job and the trials began to flow. Job was tempted to lash out at the Lord (who wouldn’t be), but he resisted, especially in the midst of suffering.

2. .Everything we have is a gift from God

After being informed that his sons and daughters perished in a great storm, Job tore his cloak and cut off his hair. Falling down and bowing his head the grief stricken father responded with these words:

Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb and naked I shall go back again. The Lord gave and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord

Job 1:21

Recognizing that everything in life is a gift from God, Job passed the first test with flying colors. Don’t get to attached to material possessions or favorable circumstances. The Lord give and the Lord takes away. Learning to accept this will bring you much peace.

I honestly feel for Job here. If you’ve lost a child how would react? I know I would be crushed beyond repair if I lost both my children.

3. God allows suffering

Satan’s next plot in Job 2:7 was to afflict Job with severe boils from the “soles of his feet to the crown of his head.” As if that was not bad enough his wife wasn’t exactly supportive. Implying that these misfortunes were a punishment for some wrongdoings, she urged him to “curse God and die!” Job’s response? “We accept good things from God; and we not accept evil?” Job 2:10).

Amazingly, Job didn’t question God’s goodness or say anything sinful. Instead he accepted the fact that God sometimes allow us to suffer. If suffering notes you life, trust that it can bell you in some way.

In my life I have suffered horrible things, and I have even cursed and hated God. But now I praise Him for the strength I have. They are few experiences in life I cannot get through because of that strength.

4. It’s okay to cry out to God

Job says in job 3:11, “Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?”

It’s perfectly acceptable to cry out to God when you are suffering. The book of Psalms is filled with many cries from King David. So go ahead and tell God what’s on your mind and heart. I promise He can take it.

5. Sometimes we are wrong

Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.

Job 7:7

It might seem like our suffering will never end, but only God know what will happen; In this case Job was wrong. He would indeed see happiness again.

I have learned feeling are not facts. We may feel hopeless, but that doesn’t make it true,

6. God cares for all His creatures

Your handed have formed me and fashioned me; will you then turn and destroy me?

Job 10:8

At this point, Job is wallowing in self-pity. He may not have realized it, but he makes an important point. It would make no sense for God to create us and then provide for our needs. He takes care of the birds (Matthew 6:26) and they are not even created in his image and likeness. God will not abandon us.

7. Life isn’t fair

Why do the wicked survive, grow old, become mighty in power?

Job 21:7

He’s right. Sometimes life isn’t fair. One look at the crucifix will confirm it. The best thing to do is accept it and remember that there’s a bigger picture behind everything. This life is not all there is.

8 Look to the past

Oh, that I were as in the months past. In the days when God watched over me.

Job 29:2

We all think of the good times in the past and wish for them when we are suffering.

God was watching over Job, even though he didn’t realize it. When we hit a rough patch, look back and remember all the difficult situations that the Lord got you through. Doing so will restore our hope and remind us that God still is watching over you.

9. Sometimes God s silent

I cry out to you, but you do not answer me.

Job 30:20

In the first 37 chapters of this book, Job poured out his heart and soul and God said nothing. Sometimes the Lord is silent. Don’t stop speaking to Him. He eventually answered Job and He will answer us too… when the time is right.

Sometimes we feel like God has forgotten us, or is angry with us and He is giving us the silent treatment. It’s important that we do not stop talking and praying to Him.

10. God is God and I Am not!

Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you have understanding.

Job 38:4

As the Creator of the universe, God really does know best. Give Him the benefit of the doubt. Job eventually learned his lesson.

In the end God gave Job twice as much as he had before the trials. Even though life can be difficult, there is happy ending awaiting us. It may not occur in this life, but it will happen in the next life if we do not give up. Keep crying the Lord. He will not desert you.

And, “the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than the earlier ones” – Job 42:12.

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