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Job's Example of Christian Perseverance
Bible Passage Job 2: 1-13
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Job.

Job’s Example of Christian Perseverance

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 16, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 Some time later, divine beings again presented themselves to the LORD, and Satan accompanied them to present himself to the LORD.

2 The LORD asked Satan, “Where have you come from?” In response, Satan told the LORD, “From wandering all over the earth and walking back and forth throughout it.”

3 The LORD asked Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on earth. The man is blameless as well as upright. He fears God and keeps away from evil. He remains firm in his integrity, even though you have been urging me to overwhelm him without cause.”

4 Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin! The man will give up everything that he owns in exchange for his health.

5 However, stretch out your hand and strike his bones and flesh, and he’ll curse you to your face, won’t he?”

6 Then the LORD told Satan, “Very well then, he is under your control. Just preserve his life.”

7 So Satan left the LORD’s presence and struck Job with terrible boils from the sole of his feet to the top of his head.

8 Job took a broken piece of pottery to scrape himself while sitting among the ashes.

9 Then his wife told him, “Do you remain firm in your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 But he replied to her, “You’re talking like foolish women do. Are we to accept what is good from God but not tragedy?” Throughout all of this, Job did not sin by what he said.

11 When Job’s three friends heard all these tragedies that happened to him, they each traveled from their home towns to visit him. Eliphaz came from Teman, Bildad came from Shuah, and Zophar came from Naamath. They met together and went to console and comfort him.

12 Observing him from a distance, at first they didn’t even recognize him, so they raised their voices and burst into tears. They each ripped their robes, threw ashes into the air on their heads,

13 and sat with Job on the ground for a full week without saying a word, since they could see the great extent of his anguish.

BACKGROUND
Job was a wealthy, learned, God-fearing man who lived in Uz, land somewhere in the region east of Palestine. He was an upright man who feared the Lord. Satan’s eyes were on Job, wanting to destroy him. Satan ascribed Job’s faithfulness to God to God’s protection and blessings upon Job.

Satan had made the accusation that people serve God only because of the good things they can get from Him. If they get only suffering and hardship they will curse Him (Job 1:9-11; 2:4-5)

Satan sought permission to take away all that Job was blessed with. In a series of calamities, Job lost first his working animals, then his sheep and shepherds, then his camels, and finally all his children. In spite of his overwhelming distress, Job’s devotion to God did not alter (Job 1: 13-22).

Not accepting defeat, Satan still claimed that Job was concerned only for himself. God again accepted Satan’s challenge, this time allowing him to attack Job’s body (verse 6). Satan, therefore, afflicted Job with the most painful and loathsome disease. The faith of Job’s wife failed, but Job’s faith did not, even though he was treated worse than a diseased dog. He was driven from the town and forced to live at the public garbage dump (verse 7-10).

Those who had been Job’s friends in his days of prosperity deserted him. This is normal. Only three, all of them (like Job) seekers of wisdom, came to comfort him. When they saw his suffering they were so overcome with grief that for several days they could say nothing, only weep (verse 11-13). Job still kept his faith in God.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Even the righteous can suffer. Suffering is not necessarily a sign of sin

🔷 Closed ones and friends can equally be tempting.

🔷 Money, wealth, and a healthy body can boost our relationship with God can be handled properly. But God’s supply of these should not be the reason to be faithful to God.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that your faith will not move even in your suffering
💥 Pray for divine health for all the sick.

CONCLUSION📙
Let not society determine how we relate with our God. We should be thankful for what God gives us. Success and prosperity follow those who remain faithful to God even in their troubles.

AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections