One year into building it I was diagnosed with cancer. I think its a great idea Dean. Read up on it and think my new found friend will be named Job! I cant compete with that but I will trust that he is safe and in the Arms of Our Loving God. Like some other ancient compositions, the book of Job has a sandwich literary structure: prologue (prose), main body (poetry), and epilogue (prose), revealing a creative composition, not an arbitrary compilation. Also ask yourself each day what are you thankful to God for. killed. In That Day it’s, What a powerful testimony to the faithfulness of God you are, even after suffering like Job in many ways. J Loomis, Glory to God. Keep the faith. One of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh, which means the Lord will provide. But the Christ-in-You: Page-Warrior start! Up in the heavens, God brags to the divine assembly about Job. I need some advice please. Was the story of Job personal to your life today? The book of Job opens in verse one by telling us that Job was a blameless, upright man who feared God and turned away from evil. Just as Isaiah 58:12 says “thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in”, you all out there with testimonies have already taken the first step. HE IS STILL IN CONTROL. I hope you have some strong Christian friends in your church who can support you and be with you and listen to you. Is where Christ-in-You is at! From this story, there remains an element which I have a very hard time accepting or for that matter believing: I attend church every weekend with my family, I believe I live a good Christian life. Jack has written 1102 articles on What Christians Want To Know! I am a born again christian The Book of Job consists of a prose prologue and epilogue narrative framing poetic dialogues and monologues. He’ll get what I have in me: I AM! God has all the time in the world for each of his children. That to cannot be answered except for God’s love. I just feel I can not catch a break. Job accuses God of being unjust and not operating the world according to principles of justice, and his friends believe that Job 's sin caused his suffering. In the pit of my stomach i know God exists, I know there is a purpose for all of this and i dont need an explanation for it…i just need God to see me through this season. I will not ask Why. It says as much in chapter one and I think we can’t argue with Scripture. The young Elihu believes that Job has spent too much energy vindicating himself rather than God. Oops! Book of Job is first of the poetic books of the Old Testament. Sometimes He wants those who suffer to be more dependent upon Him. They are healing. I have suffered quite a bit in my life. I’ve never been financially successful although I’ve always worked hard with an honest heart but never able to grab the brass ring. Even Jesus when one came after Him saying good master, Jesus said there is none good but God. Knowledge puffeth up in me: pride, He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil (1:1). The purpose of the Book of Job is to rightly understand life's testings so that we will faithfully serve and trust God during difficult times and also to prove that even righteous men can suffer. Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health, his wife even tells him to curse God and commit suicide, but he remains strong and faithful, “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” (1:22). Or did he just tell Job not to question things? They mistakenly blame his sufferings on his personal sins rather than God testing and growing Job. From the cross, from the cross, He may hurt me, but me never: him, Why does God allow suffering? And one day we will understand the things that are unclear to us now. Praying for you right now. So Job ended up much better off than he was in the beginning. Intercessory prayer is very important as well. (vs 5) The very next verse entails Satan getting before God to tempt Job. No battle is too big or too small for Him. You’ll say, as Job did, I repent! As someone who has lost faith, I don’t understand god’s plan for suffering and even if I did understand – what if I (or many other people who suffer) dont like that plan. That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you” (Job 22:5-10). The Bible applies to everyone but I am I work at a cancer center, and when I hear stories like yours, I try redirecting the thoughts to a positive side. blamed her for his death, they have destroyed my good rep- Then Job died, old and full of days.”. Then, when it’s over, God gives a person eternal life and nothing can cause Him to take it back. Hello Mr. Fleming and thank you for your comment. ”. God will not allow this (Job 1:12. I have had my share of trials and tribulations for the last 3-4 years. The new kitten(cat)resembles my deceased one. And when even one falls to the ground, God sees it. This to me is the overriding teaching of the book of Job. But, my husband always says that “God got him” in all his suffering, yes it has been life altering and even life threatening but God has allowed him to still be with me. Job is an unlikely candidate because the book’s message rests on Job’s ignorance of the events that occurred in heaven as they were related to his ordeal. Until then, we can not fully grasp the purpose of God but we know that He will not allow us to suffer into eternity. In the end, Job answers God by saying, “I, have declared that which I did not understand. Family, Divine Dealings, & Death. And to say it was a “plot of God and Satan” is outrageous to me. Suffering is not a metaphor for something else…it is real pain. Remember even Jesus wept. Thank you for your comment sir. Is full humble now: defeated! it is very timely because in our church this book is our Bible Study topic. Why do the righteous suffer? But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face” (Job 1:9-11). They offered him sympathy and comfort concerning all the adversity the LORD had brought on him. Find the beauty in each day inspite of current circumstance. All Rights Reserved. It’s unlikely that God told Job it was Satan that hurt him, but God may have been rebuking Satan’s statement that Job only obeys God because he is blessed (which we see is false). heritance and they left me to pay his $10,000 funeral. I may not follow the teachings and religion of christianity but the faith in the story of job and the love of God and jesus never fails to leave my heart filled. •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. Just take his outstretched hand. Its subject matter is the all-important question, "Why, in a world over which Yahweh has jurisdiction, should innocent persons have to suffer when at the same time the wicked escape suffering and are permitted to have comfort and security?" However I still get those infinitesimal but clear reminders that he is still there observing but nothing else. Let the Word of God tell us what is in store for the children of God someday in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. I’m a practice of a different religion but I always have the utmost respect for all religions. I do hope that one day I will be able to see my babies again because I do love and miss them terribly, but deep down I know that the Lord is watching over them for me. And I asked God why several times today, I’m not a bad father, I’m not a bad person, I was at the height of my life when everything crumbled. What did God say to Satan about Job? God never does answer Job’s question on why He allows suffering. And yet, God knows how you feel right now. Read them in the archive below. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2021 Telling Ministries LLC. I find it interesting how Job defended himself before his friends, pretty much considering himself righteous. Why did Jesus have to suffer and die for us who didn’t deserve it? I am so sorry you are going through this sir. And trying not to cry delays the grieving process. It is a fallen world. To fight Leviathan, your neighbor! Once this happens the devil can no longer contaminate your thoughts ANY longer. Thank you for this summary of the Book of Job. Then it lays down and coughs up its heart, We were just starting to plan our lives together. After all, you prayed that your loved one would live. Hello Natilie. (1:12). God made our emotions and they are important. If you’ve lost your husband, maybe he made decisions which are now yours to make. Here we can plainly see Job’s reaction:  he worshiped God, he said that he came into this world with nothing and will return with nothing, the Lord has taken away all he had except his wife – and his wife told him to “curse God and die” – and Job also blessed the name of the Lord. What hope is there for the rest of us? Prayer and trust in God is the answer to all our problems. Be strengthened by reading Deut Chapter 8 and 9 and Lamentations Chapter 3. Thank you for this article and reminder that I am favoured by my heavenly father even in darkest times. You might have heard someone say, “They have the patience of Job.”  There is good reason for that saying. Instead of trying to dish out earthly wisdom like we sometimes do, let us pray for devine intervention and devine wisdom before we give advise. He hid his authorship, Don’t give up. Well, it serves me just about right! I lived everyday in his love and its this love that made me oblivious to life and how God can take a life in seconds. Its skin is tough and brittle! Satan has been rejected by God and cast back into the field; angry and jealous Satan seeks to destroy that which God planted. And for the last year it literally felt like I went throug hell, but through it I submitted to God and did everything through him. I once spoke at an event and two women approached me. •    In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness through allowing Satan to attack him. After the crash things got worse and for whatever reasons I could not keep a job, which brought me closer yet to the Lord. In GODS name JIm Bostic. Now ask for guidance to rebuild. God then blessed Job with twice as much as he had before his trials began. Job Summary. It has made me bitter to the world and wanting to go on . He promises to be near me but where in the So then, pride of religion and its rigidness, Tell Me, if you know all this. Leviathan is Religious-Pride! by Jay Smith. Also notice that God spoke to Job out of the “whirlwind” which is the terminology for a tornado or great and destructive windstorm. However, in the last five years I have developed PTSD from my military career so I am very moody and depressed. God then brings him to an understanding that believers don’t always know what God is doing in their lives. world has he gone? He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Clearly, Job had it all. Then…his life unraveled. My mother borrowed me her and in October I was ran over by a bus, and now that option too s gone. Satan killed Job’s children, not God, but the Jesus you have is another Jesus. Why does it have to Its author is unknown yet it is possible that Job himself wrote it. Thank you Mr. Ingram. I cannot answer all these questions since the Bible does not tell us, so I can only guess and I wont’ do that. Might He also brag about you and your righteousness found in Jesus Christ? Jesus preached repentance and faith (Mark 1:14-15), and said elsewhere, “Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish” so Jesus is love and forgiving, but only if a person repents and trusts in Him. This brings God’s righteous indignation upon Job’s friends (Job 42:7-17). Then He humbles Job by asking a series of questions that could never be answered by anyone other than Almighty God; for example, “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Hello Mariefel. He is an example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God. I pray that God gives you strength to endure as you go through the challlenging time of your life. One day, Satan (“the Adversary”) appears before God in heaven. Of course these questions can’t be answered (surprise!!!) Thus did Job continually. It may be that He is trying to get our attention. Many people see this as a stumbling block for Christianity and ask why God allows suffering. Depart from me. I’ve never Today I will probably acquire a new kitten to replace another who has crossed the rainbow bridge. amen, Let us be patient, GOD is on our side the way HE did to job.Us human being we can’t believe but it happenend.And am sure one day, it will happen to me only if i trust in HIM alone.Amen. I I don’t know anything writing poems but I wrote it as Read Romans chapter 8 and John chapter 10. The more the take Hello Mr. Wellman and to all. I lost my son to a drug overdose on July 2,2019.I myself am a Christian.But not completely sure my son ever except Jesus.I understand that I will suffer in living for Christ.But I don’t know how am to handle living,thinking my son could be hell.My prayer is that my son was able to call out to our Lord before his last breath.God says all tears will be wiped away,one day.But I don’t want to think He would allow me to forget my Son!Is there any scripture that I can cling to that is truth?I know God loves our children more then we could ever.I’m not the first to lose a child and not know where they are for sure in death.Living is so different now,without my son and my joy. Two books of the Old Testament that I have read and see significant wisdom and teaching are The Book of Proverbs and Job. What if you didn’t have the other positive sides? equaled out to be ten months of my yearly income. My Page has become a Swordsman, God is over all. That’s a tough situation. Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. Am happy infact am really happy. A God who makes the faithful suffer in order to make Satan happy is certainly not the God that Jesus preached. Everyone is on nerves by pressuring me I am waiting on a confirmed contract but the client is not signing it. The application for Christians today is that God will bless those who endure to the end and that someday, God will reward us with unbelievable blessings that can not compare with what we have today (Rom 8:18, 28). I believe my son was only here for as long as he was susposed to be. I have only a wooden sword! God sets out to prove to Satan that Job is not righteous just because he is being blessed. All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. This great, but young, Warrior-Prophet, Truly there were some who continued to live right but they may have been close to those who were responsible for the hedge being broken. As the Holy Spirit was bringing me into ministry, I often related my journey to Job. I know it’s been couple of years since you wrote this but im am still praying for you. Good Friday Bible Verses: 20 Quotes To Learn, The Fiery Furnace: Bible Story and Life Application. I decided to look for a new job, I am studying for my licenses to be a Financial Advisor. Previous Next . So just like Job , i am humbled and touched and regain faith reflecting on this scripture and the essence of my life that lies within Gods merciful hands. Or with Phil. Rather, the book of Job deals with questions of wisdom in the context of a narrative dealing with Job’s profound anguish and excruciating pain. Yet and even so, He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. I learned it by reading the Book of Job, I liquidated all of my investments to chase a dream of starting a new business. Trusting God. I was talking to a theologian last night and he had written a commentary Ecclesiastes. I started a business and it worked for a while it ended up giving me more stress than i have ever endured, but what business doesn’t especially at the beginning, so i endured. God is too busy to care for you. God has prepared a great miracle for you. ghter called them a couple weeks back and pretended to not What is He trying to produce in us? In the early 2000’s I found church again and served faithfully, which brought me closer to God than I’ve ever been. Fighting Leviathan, With a Wooden Sword! It is time Christians gave up this mumbo-jumbo and followed the model set before them by Jesus who sacrificed his life for the sake of those whom he loved. Being still, you will be able to remind yourself that although things seem chaotic, God is still God. (Psalm 30:5) What A Mighty God We Serve!!!!!! I saw death happen around me daily but never did I ever believe it could be my dad one day. So when you start to feel anxious, picture yourself handing that care into the large hands of God. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Job never did find out the why of his suffering and he was not responsible, so I am sorry. blems, family came to my house and disposed of important items He loves God very much and was faithful to follow His commands. I try not to ask the Lord why because I know that he has a plan for me, and I tell myself that the Lord took my babies because he could see in the future that I was going to get sick and wouldn’t be able to care for my babies alone, and that they are probably happier where they are. – that justifies suffering minds but his justification quickly turns to self-righteousness and that Leviathan isn ’ t.. 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