Life is hard, can you relate?
Job is a story of faith and devotion. Its authorship is up for debate, it is unknown. It is part of the Biblical division called “the Writings’. A take away from Job can be that even a person with the highest moral values can be tempted and struggle. Its date is up for discussion but most scholars place its writing during the patriarchal period. It is filled with narrations and dialogue and is a fascinating book of faith and worship.
Our reading opened up with chapters 1-9. It opens up with a discussion of a wealthy man and his family. Job is a devout believer in Yahweh and a husband and father.
His faith was questioned. He soon found himself and his family dealing with struggles and hardships. Deep grief and sadness were on display. Still, his faith remained.
Have you ever felt like the world was rising up against you?
Where did you run to?
Job laments. He is dealing with friends who are turning on him. He his friends seem to gain up on him and even his wife turns on him. Yet, even still, He does not curse God. He starts to give in, while not cursing God, he starts to question Him. He cries out and we wonder if Job has had enough, if he has indeed, lost his faith in the face of severe hardship and pain.
Why do you think Yahweh allowed Satan to have his way with Job? Do you think God has allowed the same thing happen to you?
All in all, how does Job respond?
Job is an example to us. Life is hard sometimes, yet He is faithful. He is not unknowing and unconcerned with what happens to us. Yet, He is sovereign and sitting on the throne above all things. Where do you run when life falls apart? Job is our example.. may we follow his example.
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:20-21, ESV)
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