Job was a man from Uz. He was blameless and upright. He was very wealthy and helpful to the people. He sat in the gates and instructed the people. He had the final word on matters. He helped the poor and needy. God saw him and was pleased. Satan, however, came to the Lord and accused Job of weak integrity saying he wouldn't hold up under pressure. The Lord gave permission to Satan to test him, yet within boundaries. Job's grief is great. He wishes for death. His friends come to visit him. Job maintains that he's done nothing wrong, that God has done this to him and he doesn't know why. He feels his righteousness didn't keep him safe. He says if he could argue his case before God he'd be vindicated. He says that his friends should comfort him, pity him, strengthen him, but instead they accuse him of sin and wickedness. They say he must have sinned and he should repent and then God would deliver him. The young one speaks after Job's friends finish talking and says that Job should listen to God's chastening and repent. Why should he expect God to tell him what He is doing? His case is before God and he must wait. He says that just because God hasn't come in anger, Job continues to talk and multiplies words without knowledge. He says that Job should consider the majesty of God and consider his own ways. The Lord finally speaks and humbles Job, speaking of creation and all He did to form it, and all He does to maintain it. Can Job do all that? Job repents. The Lord tells the three friends that they didn't speak right of Him as Job did. They will need to offer a sacrifice to Him and Job will pray for them. After Job prayed for his friends, his fortune was restored two-fold and his friends didn't suffer the wrath of God.
- God boasts in His people's goodness, Satan accuses.
- God provides evidence of His opinion because He is just in dealing with accusations.
- Job was tested to prove God's claims.
- When suffering or doubts arise, stay true to the Lord, even when you don't understand.
- Know God's character as well as His power.
- Look beyond a suffering person's words of despair. Strengthen, rather than condemn them.
- Help the suffering person to not forsake the fear of the Almighty.
- Don't faint when justice requires evidence. When God moves to strengthen you, or prove you, through testing.
- Maintain your faithfulness through it all. Search your heart and call on Him.
- Truth must be spoken in love.
- Where is weeping? Where is intercession? Why take a stance against your brother instead of holding him up and walking him through his trouble? Where is comfort?
- When hope seems about to die and everything seems against you, and circumstances are painful, don't forsake your faithfulness to God.
- Seek the Lord when questions and doubts arise.
- When He is silent, wait.
- Are the righteous assured of never suffering trouble? Does trouble come only to the wicked? No.
- Does God do, or allow, things for no reason? No.
- Wisdom does not come up from the earth. It's not hidden in the earth. It's from God and He declares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.
- Calamity tests your humility as well as your faithfulness.
- Your faithfulness is not something to be arrogant about.
- Judge by truth and God's wisdom, not appearance.
- Seek Him. Search His heart as well as yours.
- When trouble comes, seek God. He gives songs in the night. He teaches us more than the beasts and makes us wiser than the birds of heavens.
- Seek to become more than a creature of the earth, but to become a song and wise.
- Creation speaks of the mysteries of God. We can see them. God will show us.
- The mysteries of God in creation speak of His mysteries, wisdom and ways.
- A proper response is awe, humility, and fear of the Lord.
- Don't speak of what you don't know.
- We need the whirlwind of God to come so we can see Him and hear Him, not just hear of Him.
- The testing comes not just to prove our faithfulness, but also to strengthen the areas we are weak in.
- 1 Peter 5:9-10: Resist the devil firm in the faith. After you have suffered a while, God will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
- If we just had God's protection with no adversity, we may be able to appear perfect and blameless, we might even behave perfect and blameless, but adversity comes and strengthens us. Adversity comes so we learn to appreciate the times without it.
- None of us are God. We're not that pure. So the potential is there for sin.
- Darkness comes and we are thankful for light. Suffering comes and we're thankful for peace. Lack comes and we are thankful for plenty.