What are the lessons from the life of Job?
- God has a plan for your life
- Never abandon your integrity
- Trust God’s wisdom
- Even in silence, God is with you
- Prayers work
Job was a man of integrity. He suffered and yet he never turned away from God. The lessons from the life of Job truly show us the value of being patient and faithful.
Job’s story sticks with many Christians because it serves as an example of perseverance. Job was a rich man and he is a man of God. However, his health deteriorated, he lost his wealth, and even his children when Satan took their lives. His wife discouraged him. His friends accused him that he had done something to deserve these burdens. Job got frustrated and questioned God, but in the end, Job’s faith remained.
There is so much that we can learn from the long, faith-testing journey that Job went through. Here are five lessons from the life of Job. These truths can encourage you when you’re facing a loss or even when you spiral down in life.
God Has A Plan For Your Life
The Bible describes Job as a man in the land of Uz who is “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil”. According to Job 1:2-5, Job had seven sons, three daughters, thousands of sheep and camels, hundreds of oxen and donkeys, and many servants. Whenever there is a birthday, Job’s family would hold feasts. In short, he was financially blessed and was even considered the greatest man among all the people in the East.
Satan, however, thought that the only reason for Job’s faithfulness was his prosperity. God allowed Satan to test Job. As a result, Job’s animals were stolen and killed, his farmhands were killed, as well as his children. His body was also filled with painful boils. Despite the tragedies, Job still said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).
You may have come across people who were mad at God because of the terrible things that have happened in their lives. Or maybe, sometimes, you feel this way. But if there’s a lesson that we can all learn from the life of Job, it’s that we should continue praising God even during hard times.
What happened to Job’s life was horrific. Yet, his response was to praise and worship God. God was pleased and eventually, He doubled everything Job had lost.
In Job 13:15, Job says “Though he slay me, I will hope in Him”. No matter how bleak the future is, never lose hope in God because He has a plan. Romans 8:28 tells us that “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to His purpose”.
Never Abandon Your Integrity
When Job was afflicted with painful sores from head to toe, Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. But instead of abandoning his integrity, Job said “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”. Job waited and trusted God’s goodness. In doing so, Job did not sin.
If there is anyone who could claim that his life problems are the reason to abandon his integrity, it was Job. Yet, his faith in God did not waver.
Trust God’s Wisdom
When the three friends of Job heard about his tragedies, they came to visit Job and comfort him. At first, they all sat with Job in silence because his suffering was far too great. After a while though, one of his friends wondered about the faith of Job. He insinuated that Job must have done something wrong.
The second friend had a theory saying that if Job is righteous then he could just simply pray to God for restoration. However, this implies that Job has to do some form of repentance due to wrongdoings. The third friend completely denied the claim of innocence from Job and even said that Job deserves punishment from God.
Job was upset that his friends had failed him. They missed God’s heart for Job, but he remembered that true wisdom and power only comes from God.
It’s natural to seek advice when you experience suffering. The conversation between Job and his friends went back and forth until God intervened. He questioned Job and asked, “Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself? Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like His?”.
God did not provide a reason for Job’s suffering, instead, He made Job understand “who” He really is. This brought Job to a realization that God’s wisdom was beyond his comprehension. Job repented after questioning God, saying “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
Whenever you are feeling frustrated, take a look at all of God’s creation. If He can sustain the entire world, He will surely take care of you. Though you are suffering right now, remember to trust God’s wisdom. Remember that He is all-knowing. He has a planned future that we, as humans, cannot fully comprehend.
Even In Silence, God Is With You
Job wrestled multiple times with suffering because God was silent. He repeatedly asked “why” and asked to defend his case before God. But even in silence, God was in control of Job’s life. Remember that Satan attacked but no harm came to Job without going through the hands of God first.
When Satan first attacked Job, God said “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man, himself do not lay a finger” (Job 1:12). In the second attack, the Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life” (Job 2:6). This is a great reminder that God is in control of your life as well.
Focus on what God has in store for you. It is usually after the crisis that we gain a greater understanding of God’s power and ways.
In Job 42:7, God was angry at Job’s friends because they did not speak the truth about Him, just like Job. God commanded that they should go to Job so that he can make an offering and pray for them. They did as instructed and God accepted Job’s prayer.
Prayers work and the life of Job is proof of that. So when you are suffering, pray. He will intervene in your life and bring you restoration.
In this article, we’ve listed some of the top lessons from the life of Job. May we all learn from Job’s patience and faith. He suffered, but remained faithful and was ultimately rewarded in the end.
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