LESSONS FROM JOB
Updated: Oct 5, 2018
It’s funny how some Christians are so superstitious. Have you heard this one?: “Don’t read the book of Job because you might end up with a ton of trials in your life!” I think some people just don’t understand the book or they feel so sorry for the guy that they just can’t stand to observe his pain. But Job’s pain is ours . . . just accumulated and accentuated. What he learned, we need to learn. Are you ready for some highlights of the book? It will be of such benefit to your life. Maybe you and a friend can study these together. Go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.
- There is spiritual warfare going on behind the scenes that we are usually unaware of (Job 1-2).
(Eph 6:12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in
the heavenly places.
- We serve God not for prosperity, but because we love Him (Job 1:9-12). (1 John 4:19) We
love Him because He first loved us.
- Trials do not necessarily mean there is sin in our life or that we have a lack of faith (Job 1:8).
(Isa 53:3) He (Jesus) is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with
grief . . .
- Trials come to test our faith and improve our character (Job 19:25-27; 23:10). (1 Pet 1:6-7) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
- People sometimes will misunderstand us but God never will. (Job 13:4; 16:2). (Psa 60:11) Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. (See also Heb 13:5)
- We learn God’s sovereignty and control during times of trial (Job 42:1-6). (Pro 3:5-7) Trust in
the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways
acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the
LORD and depart from evil. (See also Psa 119:68; Psa 37)
- If we persevere, we will be blessed! (Job 42:10-17). (James 5:11) Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (See also 2 Tim 2:12; James 1:12; 1 Pet 5:10)