THE TRIALS OF JOB
God commented on the righteousness of his servant Job but Satan disagreed with the Lord (Job 1:8). God allowed Satan to test Job for his faithfulness in the Lord. Satan had to ask permission from God to test Job.
Job was tested as no other man was tested before or after him. His trials included his health, loss of ten children, and wealth. Most human beings were tested on one area at a time, but Job's testing was on all matters relating to a man, his family, his health, loss of wealth, and status in the community.
Satan answered God that Job was pious only because God put a "wall around" him and "blessed" his favorite servant with prosperity. If God touched "his possessions", then Job would curse Him. God gave Satan permission to test Job's righteousness.
All of Job's possessions were destroyed and a wind caused the house of the firstborn to collapse killing all of Job's ten offspring who were gathered for a feast. Job did not curse God after this but instead shaved his head, tore his clothes and said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Lord gave, and Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of Lord" (Job 1:21). Job did not sin against God.
Job endured these calamities without blaming the Almighty God. Satan obtained permission to afflict his person as well, and God said, "Behold, he is in thine hand, but save his life" (Job 2:6). Satan, therefore, smote him with dreadful boils from his foot to the crown of his head. Job, sat in ashes, and scraped his skin with a broken pottery. His wife prompted him to "curse God, and die" (Job 2:9). Job answered, "You speak as one of the foolish women."
Job was tested as no other man was tested before or after him. His trials included his health, loss of ten family children, worldly goods. Most human beings were tested on a single front at one time, but Job's testing was on all matters relating to a man's life, his family, his health, loss of wealth, and status in the community.
LOSS OF FAMILY MEMBERS
Children are not supposed to die before their parents. Parents expect to see their children grow and mature. This is the natural course of life events, the life cycle continuing as it should. The loss of a child signifies the loss of the future, of hopes, new strength, continuity and success of life.
Job lost not one member of his family but ten which meant his loss was multiplied ten fold. Human beings look to the future that the next generation would be better than the previous one. When all the ten children died, there is the end of the dynasty, and the future looks very bleak for Job. He had lost everthing in the world, his children, his health, his wealth and hope as well in the future.
GRIEF OF DAVID AND JESUS CHRIST
The grief of a parent for his dead son is extremely great as shown by David when he wished he could die in the place of his son Absalom, even though Absalom tried to usurp his throne and David had to flee for his life.
Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus as a father over a son. In the same way, God would weep over the death of man, for we who obey His commandments are seen as the children of God.
David Grieving for his son Absalom
(2 Samuel 18:33)
And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son, Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
JESUS Wept over Lazarus (John 11:33-36)
Jesus Wept. And so the Jews were saying, 'Behold, how He loved Him!"
Jesus knew that He would soon raise Lazarus from the dead, ...
There was His great sense of compassion. He hurt to see others hurt. He felt compassion by the sorrow of Mary. Those with compassion are able to "weep with them that weep" and all Christians ought to have this ability (Romans 12:15).
Jesus journeyed to Bethany to raise Lazarus from death in order to glorify God and He died as the sacrificial lamb.
GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT
Losing someone or something you love is very painful. After an unexpected significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult emotions, such as anger, shock, and guilt. These feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, but are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process is necessary for healing.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. You can get through it by expressing grief which has a potential for healing. This eventually can strengthen and enrich life as is meant to be.
BBC ON HEALTH - BEREAVEMENT
Bereavement is an immensely stressful event that can take a huge toll on the body, potentially causing all sorts of physical problems, including physical exhaustion, uncontrollable crying, sleep disruption, palpitations, shortness of breath, headaches, recurrent infections, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, stomach upsets, hair loss, disruption of the menstrual cycle, irritability, worsening of any chronic condition such as eczema or asthma, and visual and auditory hallucinations.
LOSS OF HEALTH
Satan smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot up to his crown. The whole body was affected and was most grievous to Job. His three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar came to comfort him, but could not recognize him, and wept. When they saw his anguish, they spoke not a word for seven days and nights. Job sat on an ash heap, scraping his sores with a piece of pottery lamenting his misfortune.
A boil (skin abscess) is a localized infection deep in the skin. A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the centre of the abscess softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells. The combination of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus. Eventually, the pus "forms a head," which will eventually drain.
If one has one or two boils, it is not that severe and tolerable, but to have from the toe to the head can be painful and very itchy. Can you imagine when they become pus forming stage? To have acne on the face is bad enough, but when the whole body is infected, it would be intolerable.
LOSS OF WEALTH MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
The reasons why somebody decides to take his or her life often remain obscure, even when they leave a suicide note. But recent highly publicized death of the apparent suicide of Freddie Mac's 41-year-old acting chief financial officer, David Kellermann, have fueled speculation about the special psychological stresses caused by financial crisis.
The economy's downturn in the past year and increased symptoms among people of anxiety, stress and depression focused on spending. Some are having trouble sleeping; others complain about increases in stress-induced stomach pain and headaches.
According to the American Psychological Association's 2007 survey on stress in America, work and money are the two greatest factors of stress for about 75 percent of Americans. Research has also shown increases in drinking, eating, gambling and smoking in response to stress.
Job could not work because of his illness and all his wealth lost through theft by the Sabeans of his oxen, and asses. The fire of God burned up the sheep, and the Chaldeans stole all his camels. He was left with nothing!
It could lead to deterioration of mental health. However, Job was not inclined that way though he was somewhat depressed. Others not of a strong character may contemplate suicide as the best resort, seeing no way out of his predicament.
Job could have suffered from depression.
Are you depressed?
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
- you can’t sleep or you sleep too much
- you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
- you feel hopeless and helpless
- you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
- you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
- you are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual
- you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
JOB'S FRIENDS BLAMED HIM FOR HIS PREDICAMENT
Instead of comforting Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar launched into a tirade of long lectures to show Job the reasons for his suffering. Job made three basic complaints.
- God does not hear me (13:3, 24; 19:7; 23:3-5; 30:20).
- God is punishing me (6:4; 7:20; 9:17).
- God allows the wicked to prosper (21:7) .
Elihu made a more perceptive and accurate view than the others (chaps. 32-37).
The three friends and Job had three cycles of debate over the misfortune of Job. Later they were joined by Elihu who intervened in the debate. They could not solve Job's problem until God appeared on the scene and posed questions which Job could not answer.
In God's first speech, He revealed His power and wisdom as Creator and Preserver of the human and animal world. In the second speech, God revealed His soverign authority and challenged Job to control the unmanageable.
Job realized his mistake in questioning God's authority. He repented and no longer demanded an answer as to the "why" of his hardship and Job accepted the supremacy of God's authority over all matters.
RESTORATION OF WORLDLY GOODS
When God spoke from the whirlwind, He revealed His power and wisdom over the animal kingdom and Job acknowledged his own ignorance.but offered no debate. God challenged Job in his second speech to control the colossal monster and Job repented (Job 42:1-6). When he acknowledged God's sovereignty, his worldly goods increased twice as much as he had before. Job prayed for his friends, but offered no rebuke to Elihu.
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TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Trial of Job
Do you know that trials come to everybody?
Do you know that God allowed Satan to test Job for his faithfulness in the Lord?
Do you know that after the success of the trial, God rewards Job and doubles his blessings?
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