Learning from Job and his God
“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” – James 5:11
Last week we finished a summer-long study through Job. As we close this chapter, meditate on the applications Pastor Mike called us to. I encourage you to return to the messages on our site any time to reflect on suffering and the working of God through all things.
Seven Examples of Job’s Patience
1. Job worshiped God in his suffering.
Death. Loss. Suffering. Worship.
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” – Job 1:20-21
2. Job suffered in his health, but defended God before his wife.
God allows Satan to strike Job’s health on top of all the pain and loss.
“Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”- Job 2:9-10
3. Job lamented instead of grumbled
Biblical lament acknowledges the suffering, cries to God for relief, and fights any bitterness that would accuse God of wrong. As Pastor Mike said Sunday, “Lament is turning to God in all of your pain and hurt.”
“I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.” – Job 3:26
[Job speaking of God] “Though he slay me, I will hope in him;” – Job 13:15
4. Job spoke well of God.
A reflection of Job’s perseverance was his unwillingness to reject God despite the suffering.
[Following the first round of Job’s suffering] “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” – Job 1:22
“After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” – Job 42:7
5. Job knew he had a Redeemer who would advocate for him.
Rather than looking inward to himself, Job knew his only hope was in a redeemer to step in on his behalf. Job found no hope in himself.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”- Job 19:25
6. When Job saw God, he confessed his ignorance.
Rather than defiance, Job confessed his ignorance upon hearing the word of God.
“‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” – Job 42:3
7. Job repented of his wrong thinking and words.
Job turns to God from sin for hope.
[Job’s response upon seeing the greatness of God] “therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job 42:6
Seven Examples of God’s Mercy and Compassion
1. God was kind and blessed Job.
God extended many undeserved blessings to Job. The only thing God owes us is to be God along with all that entails.
“…The Lord gave…” – Job 1:22b
2. God spared Job’s life.
God spared Job’s life and that is mercy and compassion.
“And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.”- Job 2:6
3. God was compassionate by revealing Himself to Job.
Job saw more of God in his suffering than he had before, and that is great news for us to hope for in our moment of suffering. “God will you show yourself to me in this trial?”
“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you;”- Job 42:5
4. God accepted Job’s repentance.
The implication of the passage following Job 42:6 is that God accepted Job’s repentance. God considers Job worthy to be the intermediary between his friends. Do not take this lightly, when the sovereign King of all creation stoops down to extend forgiveness to a sinful man.
5. God provided a way for Job’s three friends to be justified.
God did not deal with the three friends according to their folly.
“After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.” – Job 42:7-9
6. God restored Job’s fortunes.
God gave. God took. God gave again. God often gives what we do not deserve. What grace, mercy and compassion!
“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ”- Job 42:10
7. God took.
If God’s taking is leading you to a clearer vision of God, then it is God’s grace!
If in this suffering you will be,
More real and true and clearly seen,
Though pain will beg me cry, “Take this cup!”
In mercy use this trial and fill me up
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