Job – Be Patient (Waiting on God in Difficult Times)
I hope you will find our presentation helpful when you go on to study the book of Job in your respective classes. We have given you some background information on the book, including the probable timeframe, and some literary aspects of it. We have also explained some key words in the prologue, introduced Job’s friends and outlined the debates they had with Job.
We focused quite a bit on the prologue as it is important for understanding the book. It is from the prologue that we get to know why Job suffered so much. Despite his friends’ accusations, his suffering was not because of his sins, his secret sins or his children’s sins, nor to prevent him from sinning.
In God’s own words, Job had suffered “without a reason”. (Job 2:3):
Then the LORD said to Satan, “…he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”
It is a human tendency, however, to always attribute sufferings to sin. The disciples of Jesus, for example, asked Jesus when they saw a blind man, “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” But Jesus told them that neither the man nor his parents sinned, but it happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. (John 9:2-3):
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
What about in Job’s case? We know why Job lost everything and ended up with that terrible disease. But was it for a purpose too?
Let’s look at what scripture says in James 5:10-11 concerning Job:
Did Job suffer for nought?
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
In these verses, the Apostle urged the brothers in Christ who were facing persecution to take Job as an example of patience and perseverance, and see that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Now I hope you can see why our Warren Wiersbe’s study guide for the book of Job is entitled “Be Patient”. Being patient includes persevering, and trusting in the Lord: