Three Profound Lessons for You to Learn from Job's Wrestling with Long-term Suffering (Job 2-31)

Three Profound Lessons for You to Learn from Job's Wrestling with Long-term Suffering (Job 2-31)

It is good to be with you again to consider God's word in the book of Job. This is a book that is especially designed to help God's people with a proper understanding of the whole area of suffering.

In our previous message in this series, we looked at Job chapter 2. But before we continue on to where we are today, I am going to read Job chapter 2 again so that we may be reminded of where we are coming from.

Instead of considering just one chapter as we have been doing in the previous messages in this series, today we are going to go from the middle of Job chapter 2 to the end of Job chapter 31. That seems like a lot of content to cover. Yeah, it is a lot. I agree. But we are obviously not going to cover it in detail.

Let us now turn to our Bibles and Read Job chapter 2

This is the reading of God's word as given in Job 2:1-13:

1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.
2 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."
3 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason."
Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life.
5 But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face."
6 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life."
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die."
10 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.
11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.
12 And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven.
13 And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. (Job 2:1-13)

Let us pray.

Father, we pray now for the Spirit of God to come and anoint a weak preacher and also anoint the weak listeners. It is our prayer that you might enable us to hear the word of God with profit. Teach us, reprove us, correct us, train us and transform us by your word that we might become doers of the word and not hearers only.  Minister to us again today through this portion of your word. We pray in the name of our great Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

It is worth pointing out again that the book of Job is not only about this question of suffering as we have been noticing over and over, but it is also about the issue of Worship.  This book of Job provides answers to the following questions: Is God worthy of worship even in the midst of great calamity and great suffering?  Does God have the ability to give people hearts that will worship him no matter what? Is God's grace and God's kingdom that strong and that great that he deserves our worship even in the midst of deep affliction? 

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