At the end of my recent Faith Bible Institute semester, Bro. Yates took us on a whirlwind tour of the oldest book in the Bible: Job.
It wasn’t enough.
Job’s example shines forth with truths Christians in the 21st Century need. Desperately need.
The next several weeks, this blog will attempt to mine a few of the million dollar nuggets of truth from Job’s experience.
What can you expect?
Obviously, there will be a diatribe segment about friendship. After all, Job’s three “friends” came to mourn with him after he lost everything. Isn’t that what good friends do?
One of the central themes of Job is suffering. In a world of sorrow and tragedy, Job’s trials offer a wealth of insight about the issue of suffering. Why do bad things happen to good people? Where is God when things go wrong?
Through everything, Job sinned not and didn’t make foolish accusations toward the Lord (Job 1:22).
Everyone scowls at Job’s wife. Why didn’t she offer him more support? My post will discuss the impact of grief on our relationships. And how to keep a marriage strong when life’s storms do their best to wreck it.
The final post in this series takes a look at how Job and his friends throw a spotlight on Christianity. This may be the oldest book in the Bible, but its message is clearly for Christians living in our time.
If you’ve never read this book from beginning to end, I encourage you to do that this month. Yes, there are 42 chapters. If you read two chapters per day, you’ll be done with it in three weeks.
Job is one of only a few Bible characters Jesus spoke about and New Testament writers referred to in their epistles. That alone means he’s an important example for us.
Don’t let Job’s suffering be for naught. Let his experience empower you to face your own struggles and hardships with renewed confidence in God.
Next Week: Learning about Friendship from Job’s Friends