The Story of Job: Faith Under Trial

Job, a prosperous wealthy man of impeccable moral character was a man with whom God had proved to be still His own, no matter how hard his trials were. Satan challenged Job’s goodness, proposing to God to test him since he is only good because of God’s protection. God did agree and removed Job’s protection. Satan removed Job’s wealth, children and health so he would curse God. Despite his extremely difficult situation, Job did not curse God, but rather cursed the day of his birth. Albeit he protested his plight and sought for an explanation with his 3 friends, he never accused God for the injustice. God then reply to Job with these famous words: “Brace yourself like a man. I will question you and you will answer.” Job was overwhelmed and said “I am unworthy – how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.” Then Job’s trial was over.  He is restored to health and gained more than what he lost in possessions.  He lived for another 140 years.

Learning from Job’s experience

Many people are maybe wealthy, but most of them are not godly. Likewise, there are people who suffered much from scarcity and sickness, they blame and sometimes curse God for whatever happened to them.  Job’s story helps righteous people to learn to trust God when they go through traumatic experiences, while waiting for Gods resolution for their problems.

Job proved to Satan that not all Christians, stripped of comfortable things, would curse God. Job had shown that his character is not that weak. Later, his three friends visited, comforted and lamented with him. They discussed his calamities and sufferings, not knowing he was put under trial. They were certain that God punished Job for committing a sin, which he vehemently denied.

Many chapters of the book of Job tell us of the wrong accusations of Job’s friends and Job’s many denials. Job enumerated his complaints of life’s inequities and unfairness. Elihu, one of Job’s younger friends recognized Job’s perspective distorted. He asked Job, “Do you think this is right? Do you say, “my righteousness is more than God’s?” (Job 35:2).

Things Job failed to see

Job, so confident of his righteousness and innocence, claimed that God was simply not treating him fairly. For this reason, Job missed the chance to learn the highly-valuable lesson from his trials. Instead of letting God mold him and his patience, he objected on God’s unresponsiveness and failure to acknowledge his being righteous.

Job later realized that he was so blinded by his over confidence that he failed to see God’s fairness… for that he abhorred himself and repented in dust and ashes. (Job 42:3-6).

Our current situation

No matter how severe the pain is, we should never think that God does not listen or does not care. God wants us to learn beyond what we can presently see. We also learned from Job’s story the following lessons: God can love a wealthy person (we thought He cannot), we can be stripped off our wealth anytime to put our strength of faith under trial, it is possible to surmount even the most terrible test and that God is always there with us though He might be intentionally silent sometimes.

King David’s excellent advice is: “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14).

4 Comments

  1. redrockwolf said:

    I’ve heard, all my life “You reap what you sow.” All I’ve done is help others. Then, since the beginning of this year, my income tax check was held, so I couldn’t get bills caught up. I lost my car and my job, at the same time. Stray animals in my neighborhood brought fleas and the mange into my yard, then into my home.I don’t qualify for government medical assistance because I’m not disabled. So I have no money to combat the plagues that have hit my home. I’m now covered in sores from the mites that cause the mange. (I was told it couldn’t be transferred to humans.) My home is infested with fleas that I can’t get rid of. I have no money, and no way to get medical assistance. Yet all those I’ve asked to help me have turned away–telling me I’m being punished by God for something I must have done. NO ONE will help me, except to say they’ll take my daughter away. I’ve been suffering, slowly getting worse, since the beginning of this year. Now my body is covered with sore that itch and burn so much I can’t sleep. I’m weak and disoriented from lack of sleep and the effects of this rash or hives or whatever you call it. Yet no one will help me. I cry out to God, and the conditions keep getting worse. Is the lesson here that I’m being punished for being a compassionate, kindhearted and generous person? All those that I helped have turned their backs on me. I’ve tried and tried to figure out what I might have done to bring this on me. The story of Job keeps coming back to me. But I don’t live in his day, and I’m not as righteous as he was. How much patience must I have? I fight to hang on to my faith in God, but it fades and flows.

    November 2, 2010
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  2. melodykeogh said:

    Wow, it was a while ago when you posted this but I just want to say, I am where you were and feeling very much unloved and rejected by God. It is extremely troubling as like you, I have tried and failed to find someone to talk to, someone who will really listen, someone who will explain how Christ is in the midst of this with me. I have thoughts of God rejecting me…and I know I believe in Him, for my answer to myself, when this pain is unbearable is…yes, it is unbearable because I don’t feel Him and this and only this reminds me, that my faith is alive, in the midst of my confusion and my doubts. I have found comfort in the book of Job…because I don’t feel alone and though nothing is solved, as I see it through my eyes, I realise that Job did not have the end of the story, as we do. In the midst of his anguish, he was unaware that God was going to answer him, he was unaware of God being aware of his predicaments…we, have that knowledge because we read it through to it’s outcome, but Job, as I am today, was totally unaware. So, I find comfort in Job, that even a more righteous man, a more deserving man, felt as humanly as I do. I am glad I searched for a site where I could see Job’s story outside of my own head, and I thankyou so deeply for sharing your story here.

    July 24, 2011
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  3. Judith A. Aparri said:

    @redrockwolf: You don’t need to be as righteous as Job to duplicate his fate. And who knows, it might be a great blessing then. Even if you feel for being punished of good wrongdoings, you know God is impressed with good works. I do relate with Job’s sufferings too but that would require another story. When we suffer, pls remember that life on earth is temporary; so our sufferings are temporary too. As King David said: “I am here on earth for just a little while.” (Psalm 114:19). Please hold on to the good deeds. It always works! @jerseydan: Thank you for dropping by.

    December 7, 2011
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  4. said:

    myself find comfort in the story of job. It is almost easier to curse our Lord for not provding us for the things we need for our comfort to move on in life. It is however important to understand the meaning of the message. Now I’m not the wisest women in the world, I’ve had my dark moments in life but I always see the light in the end of each tunnel. My faith is always ever present and I know we must not lose our everlasting hope.
    Judith commented and quoted from psalm 117 we’re only for a short while which means we have to make the most out of life.
    I carry psalm 27 on my phone for strength and salvationgot. I’m a mother of three young kids and we’re a one income family. We live humble but I do remind my children everyday to give thanks for the basic needs we already have in life. While there is life we must never lose our hope. We must help ourselves before we can help others. It all starts with our healing from within by learning to forgive those who may have done us wrong.
    I pray that all is well around me and that the Lord puts his hand over me and anybody who is reading this words. May we continue to be blessed by his everlasting Love.
    Amen

    October 25, 2014
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