The Sufferings Of Job

Job was blessed with family and was richest man in the east. He was perfect and upright and as the King James version states it -he eschewed evil.

eschew [ɪsˈtʃuː]

vb (tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc.); shun; avoid

In verse 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. The story goes on where God says, "have you considered my servant Job?" and Satan says in other words, " Of course he wants to serve you. You built a hedge around him and he has everything."

If you read the story you know that Job suffered a great deal. He really suffered. He lost everything. His family, his health and all his financial security and riches. He developed boils all over his body. I believe the boils was an outcome of the vast amount of stress and anxiety. He scraped them with broken pots. He also lost his wife's and friend's encouragement. He didn't have any humans to help him. Can you imagine? His own wife told him to curse God and die. His supposedly spiritual friends said he must have some secret sin in his life.

Although he suffered greatly, he never departed from his deep faith in God.

In the end God blessed him with a double portion of everything. Even another family. One was already in heaven. If you are ever tempted to have a pity party, I encourage you to read Job. It has helped me a great deal.

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Thank you for remaining me to write something about Job.

Vlad.


Sky321 profile image

Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

That would be good. I would love to read it.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Sky- Great truth. If we are tempted to have a pity party, all we have to do is turn on the news to see how much worse others have it. Christianity Today magazine states that approximately 171,000 Christians are martyred for their faith each year. I have read horrific accounts of brothers having hot lead poured down their throats simply for attending a gathering. Sorrow an suffering are relative terms. I may feel both at times, but when compared to that of others, it becomes insignificant and takes on a whole different perspective.

Good word! Thanks for publishing it!


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

Wow, those stats are unbelievable. I haven't heard about the hot lead before, that is horrible.


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ama83 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

Job will always stand as one of the ultimate testaments to faith. Thank you for the reminder, Sky321.


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Hello Sky, one of my favorite people to read about in the Bible, and find encouragement, has been Job. How wonderful that I came by to read this today, because it has reinforced the joy He fills me with today!

God bless, keep and protect you, today and always.

VKA


Lifegate 6 years ago

Sky, Thanks for a reminder on suffering. Sooner or later to one extent or another we'll all suffer. We're called to follow in His steps.


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vrbmft 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Thanks for an inspiring hub. I think, I almost hesitate to utter these words, but somewhere back say, 16 years ago, I had a premonition that I would lose everything and at first it scared me to death, but gradually it became very freeing and I have both lost a lot and have continued to enjoy each moment of life to the fullest. There is one of these holy men, can't remember his name, but he is crippled with extreme arthritis and someone asked him how he deals with the pain. He said something to the effect that he is in great pain, but never suffers. I thought it was quite an interesting distinction. It's almost as if pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice. Wayne Dyer talks about him in "Change Your thoughts, Change Your Life." AND I don't have any of this down pat or bob or mary!! I think sometimes folks miss the point of Job. I think sometimes we focus on Satan's words as taunting and maybe even Satan missed the point of life in general including Satan's life and Jobs life. Perhaps the bottom line is that we ARE Alive, that we are connected to LIFE and everything else is sort of incidental. What you have or don't have, what you lose, what you gain, is irrelevant. At the end, the playing field is EXTREMELY equal.

Vern


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

The one thing I noticed about the story of Job is that God permitted satan to test Job anyway he chose, short of taking Job's life. This satan was not permitted.

Job one satan zero.


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

ama83- Thank you for reading. Job is a great reminder for us all.

v_kahleranderson- Thank you for reading you are a blessing.

vrbmft-wow, I'm sure you could write a hub about your experiences. It would be interesting. Your comment was very encouraging, God bless

Dave Matthews- You always have an interesting comment which I enjoy reading. For me just thinking that satan was allowed to test Job anyway except his life is kind of scary to me.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

And Sky, we are all tempted to have pity parties, even though it is not only a bad place to live, it isn't even a nice place to visit. Though difficult at times, finding happiness in simple life itself, and the small things available to all of us is where it is at. Someone wrote today in a hub that religious hubs don't do well, or get high hubscores, and that must be true, but you are feeding the sheep. Keep on feedin em. From your true fan, (:v


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

Valeriebelew, Thanks for encouragement about feeding the sheep. We all need feeding. I just like writing I don't pay too much to scores. Although, sometimes when one of my hubs get a little higher score than my other ones I do kind of like it. lol. Thank you, you are such a sweetheart.


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Elijah Returns 6 years ago from United Kingdom

very good luanne....best wishes from Jerusalem Israel


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you, God Bless.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Sky321, You are so right one can be encouraged by this wonderful story! Job was as the Bible says "perfect and upright!" This is a marvelous example of God's Faithfulness!

What I have always found so interesting; The Bible never says Job got a new wife... The Lord comforted and restored him for all the adversity he went through...

As you stated; "Although he suffered greatly, he never departed from his deep faith in God." Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Deborrah, thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy your input and take on these bible stories.

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