Applications of Job



        1) Think about Job's end compared to his beginning and then ask yourself if Job's suffering was worth it. What about your             suffering? What can it produce if you will respond in the proper way? What is the proper way? What did you learn from                Job?


        2) What have you learned about Satan and Satan's relationship to God from this book? How can those insights comfort                 you?


        3) Read Job 31 again, and if you did not mark in the first time, mark in a distinctive way every if and every if I have. Think                about how Job appealed to his own integrity in various matters of life. Examine those areas carefully. How does your                own integrity measure up in those areas? What do you need to remember, do, hold onto, let go of, begin, or stop?





Job Themes of Application



Theme

Explanation

Importance

Suffering

Through no fault of his own, Job lost his wealth, children, and health. Even his friends were convinced that Job had brought this suffering upon himself. For Job, the greatest trial was not the pain of the loss; it was not being able to understand why God allowed him to suffer.  

Suffering can be, but is not always, a penalty for sin. In the same way, prosperity is not always a reward for being good. Those who lo God are not exempt from trouble. Although we may not be able to understand fully the pain we experience, it can lead us to rediscover God.

Satan’s Attacks

Satan attempted to drive a wedge between Job and God by getting Job to believe that God’s governing of the world was not just and good. Satan had to ask God for permission to take Job’s wealth, children, and health away. Satan was limited to what God allowed.

We must learn to recognize but not fear Satan’s attacks because Satan cannot exceed the limits that God sets. Don’t let any experience drive a wedge between you and God. Although you can’t control how Satan may attack, you can always choose how you will respond when it happens.  

God’s Goodness

God is all-wise and all-powerful. His will is perfect, yet he doesn’t always act in ways that we understand. Job’s suffering didn’t make sense because everyone believed good people were supposed to prosper. When Job was at the point of despair, God spoke to him, showing him his great power and wisdom.

Although  God is present everywhere, at times he may seem for away. This may cause us to feel alone and to doubt his care for us. We should serve God for who he is, not what we feel. He is never, insensitive to our suffering. Because God is sufficient, we must hold on to him.  

Pride

Job’s friends were certain that they were correct in their judgment of him. God rebuked them for their pride and arrogance. Human wisdom is always partial and temporary, so undue pride in our own conclusions is sin.  

We must careful not to judge others who are suffering. We may be demonstrating the sin of pride. We must be cautious in maintaining the certainty of our own conclusion about how God treats us. When we congratulate ourselves for being right, we become proud.