Whew! I finally made it through the book of Job. It was a tough book for me to follow. I tend to be a person of action, and I like brevity (although it may not seem that way, based on the way that I write!) I found the book of Job to be painfully slow, and the rounds of speeches between Job and his friends really wore me out. While there were nuggets of wisdom captured in each chapter, to me it was laborious to have to wade through the accusations of wrong doing, and the rebuttals from Job about being sinless. I repeat, it just plain wore me out! Daily refections became hard to do, as it seemed that we were addressing the same questions over and over again, and that’s because most of the chapters seemed to be like a rewind of previous chapters. And, my notorious lack of patience longed for the seemingly endless chatter to end. In the end, Job never got his answers as to why this trial of his took place – God never provided the insight to Job that we got in the first two chapters of the book. But, in the end, Job accepted that God is holy, and God is in control.
Yet, the study of Job did teach me some things.
1. God is in control.
2. Sometimes, maybe more often than we know, there are things happening in the background, or the heavenly arena, of which we are unaware.
3. Despite how “good” we are, how in-tune with God we are, or how much we love God, bad things will happen to us.
4. Friends may try to give you godly counsel during your times of wilderness experiences, but it is God and God’s Word that provides the full truth.
5. No matter what you are going through, God is there, just because you don’t happen to realize that He’s there, doesn’t mean that He’s not.
6. God hears every plea that comes from your mouth and heart.
7. No matter what we are suffering through, there will be an end to our suffering.
8. God can, and will, make everything work out according to His plan.
9. How we handle ourselves and our faithfulness during trials matters, in fact it is during those times in which we can be the ultimate witness for God.
10. Job’s story, is our story. I contend that the book of Job, and the things that take place within the book, were done for us. I believe that Job’s story is meant to provide us guidance and wisdom about the right way to act when we are suffering. Also, the book points out to us the wrong way to act when coming alongside of someone who is suffering. Job teaches us that it’s okay to express our frustration, it’s ok to ask the hard questions of God, and it’s ok to cry out for deliverance from suffering. Job’s story teaches us about never giving up, and never losing hope.
11. God is the creator of the universe, He knows much more about running our universe than we do, therefore ultimately we have to trust God.
Memorable Verses from the Book of Job:
“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 1:21, ESV)
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25, ESV)
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4, ESV)
“Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.” (Job 36:5, ESV)
“Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him?” (Job 36:22, ESV)
“Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.” (Job 36:26, ESV)
“Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.” (Job 37:14, ESV)
“The Almighty-we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate. Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (Job 37:23-24, ESV)
And the LORD said to Job: “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” (Job 40:1-2, ESV)
Then Job answered the LORD and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘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 42:1-3, ESV)