Do you relate to the greatest story of suffering yet, faith? His name was job…Read on

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Addiction, Bible, Boston Bombing, Christ-like, Christianity, Christmas, Church, Clean jokes, death, Easter, God, Good Friday, heaven, Holy week., Jesus, Life, Prayer, Thoughts, Thoughts on God
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jobSometimes we all feel a little like Job and wonder why our lives seem to be going in a down spiral while the evil people prosper. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t thought about this at least one time in their lives. I’m ashamed to admit that it’s certainly crossed my mind. So instead of a big long winded blog on it, Im going to summarize the book of Job below and as that after you read it, read the more detailed account in the Bible. So here we go. Please feel free to leave a reply and tell us how you can relate.

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The book of Job, one of the wisdom books of the Bible, deals with two issues crucial to every person: the problem of suffering and the sovereignty of God.

Job (pronounced “jobe”), was a rich farmer living in the land of Uz, somewhere northeast of Palestine. Some Bible scholars debate whether he was an actual person or legend, but Job is mentioned as an historical figure by the prophet Ezekial (Ezekial 14:14, 20) and in the book of James (James 5:11).

The key question in the book of Job asks: “Can a favored, righteous person hold on to their faith in God when things go wrong?” In a conversation with Satan, God argues that such a person can indeed persevere, and points out his servant Job as an example. God then allows Satan to visit terrible trials upon Job to test him.

In a short period of time, marauders and lightning claim all Job’s livestock, then a desert wind blows down a house, killing all of Job’s sons and daughters. When Job keeps his faith in God, Satan afflicts him with painful sores all over his body. Job’s wife urges him to “Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9, NIV)

Three friends show up, supposedly to comfort Job, but their visit turns into a long theological debate over what caused Job’s suffering. They claim Job is being punished for sin, but Job maintains his innocence. Like us, Job asks, “Why me?

A fourth visitor, named Elihu, suggests that God may be trying to purify Job through suffering. While Elihu’s counsel is more comforting than that of the other men, it is still only speculation.

Finally, God appears to Job in a storm and gives a stunning account of his majestic works and power. Job, humbled and overwhelmed, acknowledges God’s right as Creator to do whatever he pleases.

God rebukes Job’s three friends and orders them to make a sacrifice. Job prays for God’s forgiveness of them and God accepts his prayer. At the end of the book, God gives Job twice as much wealth as he had before, along with seven sons and three daughters. After that, Job lived 140 more years.

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