Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
God offers no account of anyone (apart from the Lord Jesus Christ) who ever suffered quite like Job. Job lost his beasts and his servants (Job 1:14-17); he lost all his children (Job 1:18-19), followed by the loss of his health (Job 2:7-8). In addition to all these, he suffered the rejection of his wife (Job 2:9-10) and then his friends who came to “comfort” him, miserably failing (Job 2:11-13; Job 16:2). Job suffered beyond what most people could comprehend. He suffered spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Yet, when we read the account more closely, it is evident that in all his suffering, he chose to worship God rather than turning against God and placing all blame upon Him (Job 1:20-22; Job 2:10). Job in many ways serves as an example for believers today. Trials are certain to come; heartaches are unavoidable, but believers must continually praise the Lord despite all the difficulties.
• (For children): No matter the difficulties faced, we are to praise and thank God (Psalm 34:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Read each of these accounts and the situations in which these believers found themselves and consider their reactions (Acts 5:40-42; Acts 16:19-25; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
• (For everyone): Have you suffered as extremely as Job? Have you suffered to the extent that Christ suffered for you? The obvious answer is, “No!” With this being true, shouldn’t you be able to praise the Lord in the midst of your afflictions?
• Read Ephesians 5:20. How does this verse apply to your response while enduring trials and afflictions?
• Take the time to thank God for allowing trials in your life.
• Ask God for a clearer understanding of afflictions.
SONG: MORE LOVE TO THEE, O CHRIST