The book of Job is often upheld as an example of godly patience while suffering. Job certainly did suffer, but there is more to his story than just his suffering. It teaches humility (as God reminds Job who is really in control), steadfastness (as Job refuses to curse God despite his circumstances), and joy and reward (when the latter part of Job’s life is more blessed than the former). Study these verses to learn more about the nature of God and how He wants us to live.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
As long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves, therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up, he shatters, but his hands heal.
Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
And he said to man, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying. He paws in the valley and exults in his strength, he goes out to meet the weapons. He laughs at fear and is not dismayed, he does not turn back from the sword. Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear, and the javelin. With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground, he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
Agree with God, and be at peace, thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
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 who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any, he is mighty in strength of understanding.
You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.
As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number
What have you learned from the Book of Job and how can you apply it to your life today?