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lessons from Job

As Job seems to be the ‘go to’ book when we’re suffering; I thought it would be helpful to discuss the lessons from Job and how they apply to our healing journeys today.

I was sat in church a few years ago and was completely shocked to hear the visiting preacher say that the purpose of Job’s sufferings was for us to learn that our suffering will always be minor in comparison.

Oh my goodness, that does not sound like something a loving Father would ever say to his children! 

Have you turned to Job for guidance in your journey? It’s a difficult book to read and easy to misunderstand. I hope this post will explain things a little for you.

I would say there are 5 main lessons from the story of Job that support us in our faith for healing.

 

LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

 

 

1. GOD ISN’T GRANTING PERMISSION FOR US TO BE SICK

 

The Bible tells us that the devil asked permission from God to cause Job suffering. And people have therefore assumed that the same is true for us. 

This isn’t accurate. 

Yes God did give permission for Job to be ill, but this was before the Cross of Jesus. The devil can now no longer approach God to ask if he can harm us. 

Job wasn’t born again or even in covenant with God. He didn’t have the Holy Spirit. In fact, he was completely alone. 

We are highly favoured, with an intercessor, an advocate at God’s right hand. We can expect healing, favour, blessings and abundance because we are God’s beloved children. PRAISE GOD. 

Please do not compare yourself or your situation to Job’s.

 

2. BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

 

Religious people in the Old Testament believed in retribution. (And in all fairness, plenty of Christians believe this as well). So if someone has sinned, there will be some kind of karma. 

We also live in times where ‘blame culture’ is rife.  But the book of Job shows us that indeed horrific things do happen to good people. God is proud of Job; the most righteous man alive. 

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?

Job 1:8

(Just to clarify, Job wasn’t perfect, he had self-righteousness and pride but I don’t think this is why he was sick.)

The devil is very real and responsible for Job’s troubles but Job had no idea of the devil’s existence. 

Don’t be like Job who was ignorant of Satan. He is the cause of your suffering, not God.

 

3. GOD IS GLORIFIED WHEN WE SUFFER

 

I don’t mean your sickness glorifies God, absolutely not! I mean that your illness is an opportunity for God to do something completely miraculous. The words of Joseph when addressing his brothers show his revelation of God’s restoration.

“…..you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” Gen 50:20. Of course, God doesn’t create misfortune or illness. But, 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Rom 8:28

In the story of Job we see this in a couple of ways. Firstly Job’s outstanding sacrifice of praise even though his suffering was extreme speaks volumes of God’s existence.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;” Job 19:25

He may not be right in all of his thinking, but He did continue to elevate God above all. Be encouraged that when others see your commitment to God despite your trials, they take notice. 

It makes God look good, when we display joy and peace in the midst of the storm. See HOW TO REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS?

Secondly, God restored double for all that Job lost. (And out of all of the lessons from the book of Job, this is my favourite!)

And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:10

So if you feel that the enemy has robbed you of years, people or finances, know that restoration is around the corner. See HOW TO RECEIVE DOUBLE PORTION FOR ALL YOUR PAIN

 

4. OUR FAITH INCREASES AND WE ARE CHANGED

 

When Job’s sufferings first began, he wrongly attributed them to God.  In his defence, He didn’t have the Bible or the Holy Spirit the way we do. He just didn’t know God at all. 

Job began full of religion and self-righteousness because he only had a second hand experience with God. His sufferings led to a first hand encounter of intimacy causing him to repent. 

My ears had heard of you  but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5

Through suffering we can experience a greater revelation of God’s love. 

Have you a first hand encounter with God? I hope through your healing journey, you’ll really get to know the real living God.

 

5. GOD DOESN’T TAKE AWAY

 

Probably the most famous verse from Job, but often taken out of context. ‘The Lord gives and takes away…’ 

God never said this. Job said these words, not God. He admits he was wrong at the end of the story when he repents. 

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

John’s revelation of God was far greater than Job’s. It is Satan who takes away. See THE ENEMY COMES TO KILL STEAL AND DESTROY YOU

In fact, what happened to Job will never happen to you. We’re not meant to identify with him, we’re children of God.

What difference would it make to your journey, if you had the revelation that the purpose of Job is to point you to Jesus, our advocate who sits at the Father’s right hand.

God is revealing his love to you throughout your healing journey as you trust in Him. I pray this post helps you pass the test in persevering in your praise and faith in God.

Lorna x

Take a read of

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