Job is an incredible man. God himself calls him “blameless and upright.” God says that he “fears God and turns away from evil.” And note that he “held fast to his integrity” even when his property and children were taken from him. God allows Satan to attack Job’s health, but I it’s important to realize that God limits him. He tells him that he can attack his health, but that he cannot take his life. God is sovereign over all, telling Satan what he is and isn’t allowed to do. Job’s life is in God’s hands.
As believers our lives are in His hands too. We may be attacked in many different ways, but ultimately, as God’s children, He takes care of us. Even in our darkest hour, we can trust that He knows our situation and will work on our behalf. Now, we’ve also got to remember that we won’t always understand what is or isn’t best for us too. It may not make sense, but He knows what he’s doing. I can’t imagine that Job was able to make any sense of his situation either. However, in spite of the situation, He continued to worship and honor God with how he chose to respond and live his life.
Job’s wife tells him to curse God, but he refused. The tension in the marriage must have felt like another attack to him. Finally, Jobs’ friends show up to comfort him. Many Bible readers give them a bad wrap, and probably rightfully so for some of their words/actions later, but these guys were really good friends to Job. In this chapter, we see them make arrangements to go see Job together, weep over his situation, and spend 7 days and nights just sitting with him. I don’t have many (if any) friends like that. I have great friends, but I’m not sure that any of them would be able to offer that much. After all he had already endured, these guys must have felt like a breath of fresh air – something good to hang on to.
Prayer: LORD, strengthen me to trust in you in the midst of trials. Help me to choose to worship and honor you in spite of my circumstances. Show me situations where I can be a true friend to others. AMEN.