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June 2015 Issue

Job: Faith, Humility, and Worship

Devotions

  • Yesterday

    Job’s Faith Despite Loss
  • Today

    Job’s Faith Despite Personal Suffering
  • Tomorrow

    Job’s Opening Lament
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Devotion for Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Job’s Faith Despite Personal Suffering

Read Job 2:1–10

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Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10

How is it that God allows Satan to exist at all, much less to attack Job? It seems that God, aware of evil, turns its intentions to His glory as part of His perfect plans. Satan wanted to expose Job’s faith as a sham, but God in His sovereign wisdom acted to achieve an opposite result for His greater glory. This is an important theological perspective to keep in mind while reading Job: God has worthy purposes for permitting evil and suffering in this present age.

As we see in today’s passage, Satan didn’t know when to quit. In a second heavenly council scene, when again challenged by God to consider Job’s integrity, the Adversary didn’t admit his failure. Instead, he brought a second accusation—that Job’s faithfulness was due to his own life being saved, and thus still self-centered (vv. 4–5). Once again Satan was trying to discredit Job’s worship of God.

So God expanded the test, setting aside the previous limitations and allowing Job to suffer personally (v. 6). Though not permitted to take Job’s life, Satan assaulted his physical health and social status, stripping them away and leaving him a broken man. At that point, Job’s wife had had enough, and she urged him to “Curse God and die!” (v. 9). From her perspective, he had nothing to lose by doing exactly as Satan hoped he would.

Yet the outcome of the second test was the same as the first. Far from cursing God, as Satan had predicted, Job remained faithful. He rebuked his wife, who is not mentioned again in the book, as a “foolish woman,” meaning that she lacked sense and discernment. By contrast, he responded, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (v. 10). Job’s worship was not a bargain for blessings, as Satan had alleged, but founded upon trust in God’s sovereign care.

Apply the Word

Be encouraged! We know what Job didn’t: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith . . . And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:8–10).

Pray with Us

As we conclude our time of prayer for the Bible department faculty, please ask God to encourage by His Word and strengthen by His Spirit these professors: Andrew Schmutzer, Timothy Sigler, Michael Vanlaningham, Michael Wechsler, and Ben Wilson.

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