Job was tested. With a life filled with prestige, possessions, and people, he was suddenly assaulted on every side, devastated, stripped down to his foundation. But his life had been built on God, and he endured. Job, the book, tells the story of Job, the man of God. It is a gripping drama of riches-to-rags-to-riches, a theological treatise about suffering and divine sovereignty, and a picture of faith that endures.
Job was a prosperous farmer living in the land of Uz. He had thousands of sheep, camels, and other livestock, a large family, and many servants. Suddenly, Satan the Accuser came before God claiming that Job was trusting God only because he was wealthy and everything was going well for him. And thus the testing of Job’s faith began. Satan was allowed to destroy Job’s children, servants, livestock, herders, and home; but Job continued to trust in God. Next Satan attacked Job physically, covering him with painful sores. Job’s wife told him to curse God and die (2: 9), but Job suffered in silence. Then after, God blessed Job and restored his life back to happiness and wealth.
As you read Job, analyze your life and check your foundation. May you be able to say that when all is gone but God, he is enough.
It is easy to think that we have all the answers. In reality, only God knows exactly why events unfold as they do, and we must submit to him as our Sovereign. WE MUST TRUST GOD THROUGH IT ALL!!
GO TO GOD IN PRAYER IS JOB DID!
Purpose: To demonstrate God’s sovereignty and the meaning of true faith. It addresses the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?”
Author: Unknown, possibly Job. Some have suggested Moses, Solomon, or Elihu.
DATE WRITTEN: Unknown, probably occurred during the time of the patriarchs, 2000-1800 B.C.
SETTING: The land of Uz, probably located northeast of Palestine, near desert land between Damascus and the Euphrates River.
KEY VERSE: “Then the LORD asked Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless— a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause’” (2: 3).
KEY PEOPLE: Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, Biladad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite, Elihu the Buzite
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