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May 2, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, Pastor David Guzik, renowned Bible teacher, author, and creator of some of the most widely used Bible commentaries, led us on a deep dive into Job 2 and 3. In this message, we saw Job deal with the question, “What now?”.
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What Now? Understand That More May Come (Job 1:1–6): In Job 1, God and Satan had a conversation—as a result, God allowed Satan to test Job. The devil engineered the worst possible day for Job. Despite experienciing the worst possible day anyone could have possibly endured, Job didn’t fail God or sin against Him. This wonderful triumph of faith did not come from Job acting alone, but only as Job reacted to these disasters filled with and connected to God. We are not told that the Spirit of God filled Job to react this way and say these things, but we know it to be true. Satan was acting, but so was God.
Satan; however, insisted that Job had not been tested enough—that even though he had lost the blessings of his children, his servants, and his wealth, he still had his physical health. Satan claimed that if that were taken from Job, he would surely curse God. With this, Satan was given greater allowance to attack Job . . . but not unlimited allowance.
In your life, in the midst of suffering and trials, the sad and difficult reality and hard truth you must come to grips with is that more trials may be come your way. There may in fact be another tragedy around the corner, or another test in your near future. But don’t despair, friends, because even if more may come, God has not abandoned you. Consider Paul, who experienced immense trials, suffering, pain, and loss. God never left Him. In fact, God told Paul that His strength in us is made perfect in our weakness, which led Paul to rejoice in his trials, because when he is at his weakest, he is truly at his strongest, because the power of God is more clearly and profoundly able to work in and through us. This is why we’re told to glory in our suffering and to count it all joy when we fall into trials.
What Now? Your Body Will Feel It (Job 2:7–8): Satan struck Job with painful boils. This disease was specifically meant to drive Job to such great despair that he would curse God. We shouldn’t be surprised that the attack against Job was severe (painful boils) and massive (from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head).
It’s frightening and painful just to read and think about all that Job suffered and was afflicted with (for months) throughout the chapters of this book, including:
What Now? Some Will Fail You (Job 2:9–10): In this passage, we see Job hold his integrity before his wife. Now, sadly Job’s wife had become a proverbial example of a cruel, unsupportive, sharp-tongued wife. But here’s the thing . . . we should have some compassion and cut her a little slack here considering her losses in the previous few days. Job was not the only one who lost his servants, wealth, and children. She also lost her children and her wealth and should not be too harshly judged. She spoke here out of great pain, anguish, and hopelessness. Perhaps her relationship with the Lord was not on the same level as Job’s. Perhaps her relationship with Him was strained by this turn of events.
Job, then, proceeds to offer a wisely-worded rebuke. He did not accuse her of being a foolish woman, but of speaking like one of the foolish women. The implication here based on the way this was worded in the original language is that this was out-of-character for her. Loss, and the subsequent grief and pain that comes with it, has a way of making us do things that are out-of-character. It often leads people to lash out, say things they don’t mean, make rash decisions, isolate themselves, and sometimes go completely off the deep end into self-destructive behavior.
Grief often makes us do things that we never thought we’d say or do. And sometimes, the people around us fail us in moments of loss and grief. Sometimes, those suffering with us fail us in a time of need. We should never take it personally, though. We must remember they are flawed and may also be experiencing great suffering and pain in those moments. In those times, we should pray for them.
What Now? Some Will Bless You (Job 2:11–13): When Job’s friends heard what happened to him, they dropped what they were doing and immediately came to be with him. This passage introduces three remarkable friends of Job. Their names were Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. These men came to Job in his hour of need. Their intended goal was good and noble. They came to be with him (to come), to share his sorrow (and mourn with him), and to bring some relief to Job (and to comfort him).
This was a wonderful display of comfort and common cause with Job. They shared in his afflicted state, acting as if they were similarly afflicted. They offered no statement except for their compassionate presence.
After this point, the Book of Job begins 35 chapters of discussion between Job and his friends. Yet all of their discussion must be put in the context of the genuine love and concern that these friends had for Job, and there was a sense in which they earned their right to speak by their sacrificial display of compassion. Despite their misguided and incorrect assessments, despite their wrong assumptions and misinterpretation of God’s heart, these men are to be admired:
Let us always remember to thank God for faithful friends and for even temporary comfort. And again, let us pray for them if their actions and words don’t exactly match their noble intentions.
What Now? Be Honest with God (Job 3): Job cursed the day of his birth, but he never cursed his God. We sense the great emotion in Job 3. He was not stoic or concerned with keeping what is known as a “stiff upper lip” in the midst of all his calamity. Such an emotionless Christian life is never presented to us as a biblical ideal.
Job’s trouble did not come because he had lost faith in God. He felt and feared that God had lost faith in him. He asks, “Why continue living (why is light given) if I can’t see the way and God has trapped me in this place?
Our honesty with God honors Him and helps us. Jesus Christ showed us that God can handle our honesty. Consider these examples from our Savior:
Quote to Remember: Our honesty with God honors Him and helps us.—Pastor David Guzik
We’ve found that some of the most commonly pondered questions regarding God are, “If God is good and loving, why is there so much suffering in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does a loving God allow so many terrible things to happen?” In this week’s article, Danny Saavedra tackles these questions. Click here to read the article.
Join us for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on God’s goodness and worship Him together. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name!
In week three of our study through Job, Pastor Doug will explore Job 4–37, breaking down the intense back-and-forth exchange between Job and his friends. Find out how Job reacts to his well-intentioned, yet misguided friends and how to navigate the stupid things people say sometimes.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.