Job wanted to meet God face to face, and so they do.
This is the pre-incarnation Son of God, Jesus Christ.
God speaks to Job with a series of questions. God always speaks in
wisdom, truth, and justice. He does not lie, deceive, or speak in
symbolic language unless it is understood so in the context.
Most of the questions deal with wisdom. Wisdom in creating, running
the universe, and maintaining it.
God’s knowledge is always complete.
An important question. God asks Job
Job 38:2 NLT Who
is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?
Job 38:2 GNB Who
are you to question my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words?
The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: who
is this that darkeneth counsel] lit. who then is darkening counsel?
The word then merely adds the emphasis of impatience or astonishment
to the question, who …? The expression counsel suggests that the
Lord had a plan or meaning in Job’s afflictions, which the perverse
and ignorant construction put on them by Job obscured. The word might
have a wider sense and refer to sound wisdom in general in reference
to man’s life, which Job, by his particular utterances on God’s
providence, only darkened.
F. B. Meyer: Asublime
series of questions is now addressed to him, not by a God of judgment
and wrath, but by a Father arguing and pleading with His child and
pointing out two things: first, the inability of mortal man to
understand the ways of God; and second, the minuteness and tenderness
of God’s providence. Job had thought of Him as remote, but He is
near and is ordering all things wisely and lovingly. Can He forget
The Pulpit Commentary: Who
is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? It is very
noticeable that God entirely ignores the reasonings of Elihu, and
addresses himself, in the first instance, wholly to Job, with whom he
begins by remonstrating. Job has not been without fault. He has
spoken many "words without knowledge" or with insufficient
knowledge, and has thus trenched on irreverence, and given the
enemies of God occasion to blaspheme. Moreover, he has "darkened
counsel." Instead of making the ways of God clear to his friends
and companions, he has east doubts upon God's moral
government, (Job 21:7-26) upon his mercy and loving-kindness, (Job
16:7-14) almost upon his justice. (Job 19:7 Job 31:1-35) He is thus
open to censure, and receives censure, and owns himself "vile",
(Job 40:4) before peace and reconciliation can be established.
Job needed correction. He was wrong about many things. Now, God as
loving father wishes to instruct Job and correct his wrong ideas. We
are the same today. Consider all the wisdom and teaching in the
Scriptures. Note Job’s willing humility and acknowledgment of his
foolishness: Job 40:3-5 GNB (3-4) I
spoke foolishly, LORD. What can I answer? I will not try to say
anything else. 5 I have already said more than I should.
Some things about humility
To understand humility we should contrast it with arrogance. One
promotes its wisdom, opinion, abilities, traits, record, etc, while
the other does not.
Humility is based on truth, that is, reality. It expresses itself by
not promoting one’s self.
The ultimate example is the Lord Jesus, God the Son. Philippians
2:4-8 GNB And
look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.
5 The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: 6 He
always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he
should try to remain equal with God. 7 Instead of this, of his own
free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He
became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. 8 He was
humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—his
death on the cross.
The end results of both pride and humility are very different:
Proverbs 11:2 NLT Pride
leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
The fruit of humility: Proverbs 15:33 NLT Fear
of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.
It is a required character trait of a Christian: Colossians 3:12 NLT
God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe
yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness,
It is to be towards all people: Titus 3:2 NLT They
must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they
should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.
God’s wisdom teaches us humility: James 3:13 NLT If
you are wise and understand God's ways, prove it by living
an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from
Serving and helping each other in humility: 1 Peter 5:5 NLT In
the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the
elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for "God
opposes the proud but favors the humble.
In Job 40-41, two creatures are mentioned which appears that Job
would have been acquainted with. It seems most likely they existed in
Job’s lifetime. This article might help: Were
behemoth and leviathan real animals?
Job’s response to God’s correction: Job 42:1-6 NLT Then
Job replied to the LORD: "I know that you can do anything, and
no one can stop you. You asked, 'Who is this that questions
my wisdom with such ignorance?' It is I--and I was talking
about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me.
You said, 'Listen and I will speak! I have some questions
for you, and you must answer them.' I had only heard about
you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back
everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.
Repentance (a 180 degree turn of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds)
In his friends
Job praying for them
Job offering a sacrifice
We note God’s blessings (spiritual, emotional, and physical). This
is descriptive, not prescriptive, that is, this is what happened to
Job, but it doesn’t guarantee it will happen for us.
God give all of us this grace:
3:17-19 GW Even
if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes, even if
the olive tree fails to produce and the fields yield no food, even if
the sheep pen is empty and the stalls have no cattle- 18 even then, I
will be happy with the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves
me. 19 The LORD Almighty is my strength. He makes my feet like those
of a deer. He makes me walk on the mountains. For the choir director;
on stringed instruments.
controversy between Job and his counselors is now at an end. They
have failed in making out their case; but before God Himself takes up
the argument there is another side of the case to be presented by the
fervid life of a younger generation. The name Elihu means, “My God
is He.” He had preserved a respectful silence while his elders were
speaking; but he was so conscious of the uprising of the divine that
he could refrain no longer.
was greatly indignant, first with Job for not justifying God, Job
32:2; and then with his friends for their inability to cope with him,
Job 32:5. But in addition to these criticisms, he has some positive
contribution to make to the debate, and must needs make it. Silence
is golden, but there is a time to speak. Be sure in inbreathe the
Spirit of God as one long imprisoned in a close chamber inhales the
breath of the salt sea. Do not speak, as John Woolman says, beyond
the divine openings.
Job’s errors, according to Elihu, are assuming that God is doing
this, He is your enemy, and you are without sin. Job 33:9-11 NLT You
said, 'I am pure; I am without sin; I am innocent; I have no guilt.
God is picking a quarrel with me, and he considers me his enemy. He
puts my feet in the stocks and watches my every move.
This is descriptive, not prescriptive. This is applied to Job and the
situation he is experiencing. It is not meant for all people who
Truth is important. Job and the 3 friends also missed that fact.
When horrible things happen, we need to ask why. Seriously, we will
ask why, but we need to ask why. It seems (I’m probably wrong)
there are 3 possibilities.
I made a bad decision, and the consequences were not good. Perhaps, I
text while driving, have an accident, and my family and I are
injured. I can’t blame God for my own poor choice.
Someone else made a bad choice, and the consequences were not good.
Perhaps, someone else is texting while driving, has an accident, and
my family and I are injured. I can’t blame God for someone else’s
poor choice. There are those who blame God, though, by claiming that
He could have prevented it, but God is not a micromanager. He gives
us choice. In our history of Job, God allows us to see behind the
scenes. There, we see satan making a poor decision, and as a result
many suffered. Satan did
do this evil; he chose to.
It is the result of living in a cursed world.
Applying the 3 possibilities to Job’s situation:
Did Job made a bad choice? If so, there is nothing to indicate this,
yet his 3 friends(?) thought he had. Maybe we should say assumed that
Job made a bad decision (did evil).
Did someone else make a bad choice? This is the most reasonable,
because all the tragedieshappened
in a very short time.
Regarding the third choice, it is difficult to find this reasonable,
since all the tragedies happened in a short time. Job 1:13 (one day)
and Job 2:1 (one day).
A few verses on making decisions (judgment) and truth
The advice of the Lord Jesus, so this is a rule for us today: John
7:24 GW Stop
judging by outward appearance! Instead, judge correctly.
A principle, but not an interpretation of this passage, is to be
looking for for the reason. We don’t need details other than what
is offered and to clarify what is said. 1 Samuel 16:7 GW But the LORD
told Samuel, "Don't look at his appearance or how tall he is,
because I have rejected him.
God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances,
but the LORD looks into the heart.
Job’s outward situation was considered by the friends, but not
Job’s attitudes or motives. These three friends(?) had nothing
reasonable to base their decision.
Appearances can be deceptive.
The example of good decisions and judgment is found in Messiah Jesus:
Isaiah 11:2-5 GW The
Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the Spirit of advice and power, the Spirit of
knowledge and fear of the LORD. 3 He will gladly bear the
fear of the LORD. He will not
judge by what his eyessee
or decide by what his ears hear. 4 He will judge the poor
justly. He will make fair decisions for the humble people on earth.
He will strike the earth with a rod from his mouth. He will kill the
wicked with the breath from his lips. 5 Justice will be
the belt around his waist. Faithfulness will be the belt around his
This is something for us to remember in difficult times: Job 34:12
God will not do wrong. The Almighty will not twist justice.
Elihu points out an wrong attitude in Job. We must learn, for we tend
to have this very same attitude: Job 34:37 NLT For
you have added rebellion to your sin; you show no respect, and you
speak many angry words against God.
All of God’s decisions are based on truth, wisdom, and love. He
does not make decisions to gain something or to prove His sovereignty
and great power (He is King of the Universe).
When faced with horrible situations, we must rest in God, confide to
true friends, and seek counsel from those Christians who are wise.
Some tips for seeking wise advice:
Many will claim to be wise or be promoted to be wise, but are they?
What has been the results of their advice?
How has their decision helped the victim spiritually, emotionally,
How have others been helped by this person’s advice?
Do they practice what they preach?
Avoid those seeking to sell something or to influence one to buy
Do they give advice based on truth, wisdom, and love?
Do they belittle, scoff, not listen, seek intimate details? If so
Do they truly understand?
Have they experienced anything similar?
Do they seek to overpower you or control you? If so, avoid them.
Do they admit they are not perfect, that they have made mistakes? Or,
to they put on an air that they would never do something like that?
Don’t just seek advice from one age group. Ask someone older or
younger. You might be surprised at what they can offer.
Don’t assume that an “expert” is the best counselor. As a
nurse, I learned from aides, patients, patient’s family, visitors,
etc. even though supposedly, I was the expert.
Sometimes we do need professional help. This is especially true for
any type of emotional, spiritual, or other type trauma.
Are they telling you what your decision must be? If so, avoid them. A
advice counselor is to help someone make a better and informed
Just because someone is a pastor or religious leader doesn’t
guarantee that the advice is the best.
Are they pressuring you to make a decision right now? Avoid those
Do they offer a starting step? Good counselors will offer some steps
leading to a better decision.
Do they clarify what you are saying? You need to make sure they
Seek multiple trusted people for advice, not just your friends.
long section is the advice(?) of Job’s 3 friends(?) and Job’s
replies to them.
Basically, they accuse Job of great sin that has been hidden from
everyone except God. God is now punishing Job for his evil. Job needs
to confess his sin and get right with God.
The grief and emotional burden of Job: Job 3:24-26 GNB Instead
of eating, I mourn, and I can never stop groaning. 25 Everything I
fear and dread comes true. 26 I have no peace, no rest, and my
troubles never end.
The “abuse the victim” starts with Eliphaz: Job 4:7-11 GNB Think
back now. Name a single case where someone righteous met with
disaster. 8 I have seen people plow fields of evil and plant
wickedness like seed; now they harvest wickedness and evil. 9 Like a
storm, God destroys them in his anger.10
The wicked roar and growl like lions, but God silences them and
breaks their teeth. 11 Like lions with nothing to kill and eat, they
die, and all their children are scattered.
These friends(?) are victim-shaming. The Lord Jesus addresses this
here: Luke 13:1-4 GNB At
that time some people were there who told Jesus about the Galileans
whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices to God. 2
Jesus answered them, "Because those Galileans were killed in
that way, do you think it proves thatthey
were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No indeed! And I tell
you that if you do not turn from your sins, you will all die as they
did. 4 What about those eighteen people in Siloam who were killed
when the tower fell on them? Do you supposethis
proves that they were worse than all the other people living in
Just because bad things happen to good people (this said in human
terms, not God’s definition), does not mean that they deserve it,
did something that caused it, or God is punishing them.
Good things happen to evil people as well.
A rather long passage, but it explains the feelings of one who is a
believer and observe evil people having it good in life. Psalms
73:1-15 GNB God
is indeed good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts. 2 But I had
nearly lost confidence; my faith was almost gone 3 because I was
jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked. 4
They do not suffer pain; they are strong and healthy. 5 They do not
suffer as other people do; they do not have the troubles that others
have. 6 And so they wear pride like a necklace and violence like a
robe; 7 their hearts pour out evil, and their minds are busy with
wicked schemes. 8 They laugh at other people and speak of evil
things; they are proud and make plans to oppress others. 9 They speak
evil of God in heaven and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,
10 so that even God's people turn to them and eagerlybelieve
whatever they say. 11 They say, "God will not know; the Most
High will not find out." 12 That is what the wicked are like.
They have plenty and are always getting more. 13 Is it for nothing,
then, that I have kept myself pure and have not committed sin? 14 O
God, you have made me suffer all day long; every morning you have
punished me. 15 If I had said such things, I would not be acting as
one of your people.
Nevertheless, he understood something that we can learn: Psalms
73:16-28 GNB I
tried to think this problem through, but it was too difficult for me
17 until I went into your Temple. Then I understood what will happen
to the wicked. 18 You will put them in slippery places and make them
fall to destruction! 19 They are instantly destroyed; they go down to
a horrible end. 20 They are like a dream that goes away in the
morning; when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear. 21 When my
thoughts were bitter and my feelings were hurt, 22 I was as stupid as
an animal; I did not understand you. 23 Yet I always stay close to
you, and you hold me by the hand. 24 You guide me with your
instruction and at the end you will receive me with honor. 25 What
else do I have in heaven but you? Since I have you, what else could I
want on earth? 26 My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my
strength; he is all I ever need. 27 Those who abandon you will
certainly perish; you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, how wonderful to be near God, to find protection
with the Sovereign LORD and to proclaim all that he has done!
A few more quotes from his friends(?):
Bildad speaking to Job. “Job you are evil to the core, and your
children, too. God punished those bastards as they deserved.” Job
8:1-7 GNB (1-2) Are
you finally through with your windy speech? 3 God never twists
justice; he never fails to do what is right. 4 Your children must
have sinned against God, and so he punished them as they deserved. 5
But turn now and plead with Almighty God; 6 if you are so honest and
pure, then God will come and help you and restore your household as
your reward. 7 All the wealth you lost will be nothing compared with
what God will give you then.
Zophar’s turn to revictimize. Look at his poor judgment. Let us
learn, O Lord, not to do this! Job 11:1-5 GNB (1-2) Will
no one answer all this nonsense? Does talking so much put you in the
right? 3 Job, do you think we can't answer you? That your
mocking words will leave us speechless? 4 You claim that what you say
is true; you claim you are pure in the sight of God. 5 How I wish God
would answer you!
Eliphaz again: Job 22:4-5 GNB It
is not because you stand in awe of God that he reprimands you and
brings you to trial. 5 No, it's because you have sinned so
much; it's because of all the evil you do.
Job speaks, but they do not believe. Victims experience the same much
too often. We need to listen and to believe. Always start there.
Job finally appeals to God, “Why, are you doing this to me.” Job
knows he did nothing to deserve this.
Read this and sense the Job’s pain at this revictimization. Job
16:1-8 GNB (1-2) I
have heard words like that before; the comfort you give is only
torment. 3 Are you going to keep on talking forever? Do you always
have to have the last word? 4 If you were in my place and I in yours,
I could say everything you are saying. I could shake my head wisely
and drown you with a flood of words. 5 I could strengthen you with
advice and keep talking to comfort you. 6 But nothing I say helps,
and being silent does not calm my pain. 7 You have worn me out, God;
my family be killed. 8 You have seized me; you are my enemy. I am
skin and bones, and people take that as proof of my guilt.
Some things to learn
God does not victimize. He does punish, but He does not victimize. He
does not abuse. He hates abuse. Psalm 11:5 NIV The
LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
God hates those who plan evil: Micah 2:1 NIV Woe
to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At
morning's light they carry it out because it is in their
power to do it.
satan and those who follow his ways will be punished:
Revelation 20:10 GNB Then
the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of fire and
sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had already been
thrown; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Revelation 20:14-15 GNB Then
death and the world of the dead were thrown into the lake of fire.
(This lake of fire is the second death.) 15 Those who did not have
their name written in the book of the living were thrown into the
lake of fire.
Revelation 21:8 GNB But
cowards, traitors, perverts, murderers, the immoral, those who
practice magic, those who worship idols, and all liars—the place
for them is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, which is the
Here is a warning from God. If you are an abuser, God will deal with
you. If, like Job’s friends(?), you do this in ignorance, then
repent. God knows that abusers fake repentance. Beware. Proverbs 6:16
are seven things that the LORD hates and cannot tolerate: A proud
look, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind that
thinks up wicked plans, feet that hurry off to do evil, a witness who
tells one lie after another, and someone who stirs up trouble among
As Christians we can practice these principles:
Speak truth (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Listen (Proverbs 18:13)
Be slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19)
Be understanding (Proverbs 20:5, John 7:24)
Give encouragement (Hebrews 3:13)
Have fellowship (Hebrews 10:25) This would include the idea of a
Ask for wisdom (Psalm 16:7)
Asking appropriate questions (Proverbs 20:5) This would include open
Clarifying This would include paraphrasing (restating what the
speaker said using different words) and summarizing (repeating the
main points of the speaker)
Job and his suffering—behind
the scenes Job 1:1-
Job and his suffering—Eliphaz,
Bildad, and Zophar respondJob
Job and his suffering—ElihurespondsJob
Job and his suffering—God
responds Job 38:1-42:17
Why do good people suffer?
Why does God allow suffering?
Why do friends abuse the victim?
Why it is important to know the truth. Assumption can be dangerous.
Job Part 1—behind
the scenes Job 1:1-3:26
Job is blessed. He is blessed spiritually and emotionally, with
health, wealth, and wisdom. He is blessed with a good wife, many
children, and many friends. He is blessed to know God, have
fellowship with God, not physically, but spiritually. He understood
about sin, judgment, punishment, and substitution (a sacrifice). He
knew the King of the Universe!
Treasure of salvation (deliverance from God’s wrath): Psalm 3:8 CSB
belongs to the LORD; may your blessing be on your people. Selah
Treasures of material wealth. God does not guarantee material wealth,
but all believers can have spiritual wealth.
Proverbs 10:22 NET The
blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to
Matthew 6:20 CSB"But
store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.
Treasures of having the fear of the Lord (salvation), wisdom, and
knowledge: Isaiah 33:6 NLTIn
that day he will be your sure foundation,providing
a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the
LORD will be your treasure.
Spiritual treasures from doing the will of God: 2 Corinthians 6:10
hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give
spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have
Treasures of assurance and the knowledge of Messiah: Colossians 2:2-3
their hearts may be comforted by being knit together in love and into
the all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, into the
full knowledge of the mystery of God and of the Father and of Christ
3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The devil, satan, having access to heaven slanders Job and blasphemes
God’s character by claiming that God has made Job secure and
successful and that is the only reason that Job worships and serves
Two times satan requests God to curse Job. God refuses but does allow
satan to do so.
satan did not haveto
afflict Job, instigate murder, theft, loss of possessions, etc. satan
wanted to do this in his hate for God and for those who serve God.
satan and his followers are liars and murders. Have you ever noted
how many people believe the answer to a problem is murder. We see
this in abortion to murders at work, at events, at school, at home,
etc. John 8:44 NET You
people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your
father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not
uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies,
he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the
father of lies.
An evil heart leads to evil thoughts which lead to evil actions:
Matthew 15:19 WEL For
out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual
sins, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
satan loves to oppose God’s work and God’s people: Zechariah 3:1
he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of
Yahweh; and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him.
satan loves to pretend he is god, so shows himself as angel of light,
which is deceptive, seductive, and disastrous to anyone. This is why
we must know God and His character traits well. His followers also
will pretend to be real apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 NIV For
such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as
apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as
an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also
masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their
Why did God allow satan the opportunity to hurt Job, kill his family,
cause a loss of all his goods?
God did not wantthis
to happen. It was not His decreed will; it was His will.
Evil is the absence of good.
Evil is a punishment. Adam was warned by God not to eat the fruit of
the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam did not believe God.
Because of Adam’s sin, the world was cursed.
Some evils that happen to us are from our bad choices.
Some evils that happen to us are from another’s bad choices.
Some evils that happen to us are from the curse on the universe, as
hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, etc.
Some evils are because satan hates anything good, so he wants to
cause pain and affliction. You can see this very thing in abusers. It
doesn’t make any difference what kind of abusers. The abusers may
be a pastor (pastoral abuse), domestic abuse of all types, parental
abuse, child abuse, etc. Note how narcissists, psychopaths, and
others do evil. They are doing the evil that satan loves. If you are
an abuser, pastor, spouse, parent, boss, leader, whatever, you are
doing satan’s will, and you will go to hell to be tormented for
God allowed it. Why?
The universe is cursed. A promised time is coming when
Revelation 21:3-5 CSB Then
I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God's dwelling
is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his
peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He
will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more;
grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things
have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said,
"Look, I am making everything new." He also said, "Write,
because these words are faithful and true.
2 Peter 3:13 LEB But
according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new
earth in which righteousness resides.
Revelation 22:3 NIV No
longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb
will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
God is not a micro-manager as some Calvinists teach. WCF
from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own
will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass...Read
the confession. Read it in context. God ordained whatever comes to
pass including sending most humans to hell to roast and barbecue for
eternity without ever
having a chance to repent.
Do words mean anything? Doesn’t God always tell the truth. God says
this to the prophet: 1 Chronicles 21:10 NET Go,
tell David, 'This is what the LORD says: "I am offering
you three forms of judgment from which to choose. Pick one of them.
From a real offer choice that was spurned: Proverbs 1:29-31 NET
they hated moral knowledge, and did not choose to fear the LORD, they
did not comply with my advice, they spurned all my rebuke. Therefore
they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed
full of their own counsel.
Sometimes we can look back at a bad choice we made, even after
praying for God to help us to notmake
a wrong choice.
There may have been warning signs that we ignored.
The warning signs were new and unknown to us, so we didn’t
recognize them. This is a good reason to be aware.
The actions of love, real love as defined by God. How do WE measure?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love
is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn’t brag
about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn’t behave improperly, is not
self-seeking; love isn’t easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list
of wrongs, 6 Doesn’t rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the
truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
calmly endures all things. 8 Love never ends...
We must know that Job did notgive
up the faith. Quite a number of people leave Christianity over abuse,
thinking that God could have prevented this. Why didn’t God do this
for you or me? I don’t know. But, I do know that if we have a
commitment to God, persecution will not cause us to permanentlygive
up the faith.
Please read Job chapter 3, for it shows the utter, total personal
experience of spiritual, emotional, and physical pain. His words have
been repeated many times throughout history, though most would not
Pain is real. If you are suffering, find someone who will really
listen without interruption, offering unasked advice, and someone who
is protective of your character.
Hebrews 10:25 LEB not
abandoning our meeting together, as is the habit of some, but
and by so much more as you see the day drawing near.
Romans 12:15 NET Rejoice
with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
James 1:19 CSB My
dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick
to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
Proverbs 18:13 GW Whoever
gives an answer before he listens is stupid and shameful.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NET Blessed
is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies
and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that
we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the
comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Writer is King David and author is Holy Spirit.
This is a Psalm of David’s feelings and emotions.
King David did not experience all that is recorded in this Psalm.
Being a prophet, King David foretells the suffering of Messiah—Jesus,
Bob Utley points out this reference that is important: Matthew
5:17-18 NKJV - "Do
not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not
come to destroy but to fulfill. "For assuredly, I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no
means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Jesus did fulfill the words of the Psalm.
Forsaken is עָזַב
and is pronounced ah-zav. It is the Qal perfect, thus means (Qal) to
leave; to depart from, leave behind, leave, let alone; to leave,
abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatise; to let loose, set free, let
The first 2 verses describe Messiah’s feelings of being abandoned.
Verses 3-5 describe Messiah’s appeal to God: “You delivered our
ancestors when they asked you to.”
Verse 6, Messiah describes His opinion of Himself.
Verses 7-8, Messiah tells of the mocking He hears about Him.
Verses 9-10, Messiah testifies that He has trusted God since birth.
Verses 11-18, Messiah speaks of His suffering, His pain, His
rejection, His troubles, the indignity, the humility, the torture of
His body and soul.
Verses 19-21a, in these Messiah pleads with God to save Him from this
Verse 21b, Messiah is relieved; “My prayer has been answered.”
Verses 22-23, He now speaks loudly and clearly for all to hear. He is
testifying of His deliverance by His deliverer.
Verse 24, Messiah states, “Even though, I was so abhorrent to look
at; you still delivered me.”
Verses 25-29, Messiah states that He will pay His vows.
Verses 30-31, Messiah tells the results of His vows—We will serve
Him and testify of His goodness.
The Lord Jesus suffered for our sins:
Acts 1:3 NKJV - to
whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many
infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking
of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 2:9 NKJV - But
we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the
suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the
grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
People suffer because of sin: Jude 1:7 NKJV - as
Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to
these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone
after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the
vengeance of eternal fire.
Christians suffer for preaching the Gospel: Acts 5:41 NKJV - So
they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they
were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Christian suffer for living like Christians: Romans 8:17 NKJV - and
if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if
indeed we suffer with [Him], that we may also be glorified together.
Christians suffer because the Gospel is exclusive, for it is only
through Jesus can anyone be forgiven and reconciled: 1 Timothy 4:10
NKJV - For
to this [end] we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in
the living God, who is [the] Savior of all men, especially of those
Christians suffer because the government has outlawed Christian
worship: 2 Timothy 2:9 NKJV - for
which I [Paul] suffer trouble as an evildoer, [even] to the point of
chains; but the word of God is not chained.
Christians suffer because we reject the temporary pleasures of sin:
Hebrews 11:25 NKJV - [Moses] choosing
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the
passing pleasures of sin.
Christians suffer because the devil hates God and Christians:
Revelation 2:10 NKJV - "Do
not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed,
the devil is about to throw [some] of you into prison, that you may
be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until
death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Suffering—How do we respond?
Pray to God: James 5:13 NKJV - Is
anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him
Trust in God’s grace: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV - And
He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength
is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will
rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I
am weak, then I am strong.
Commit our soul to our God: 1 Peter 4:19 NKJV - Therefore
let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls
[to Him] in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
Pray for our enemies: Matthew 5:44 NKJV - But
I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good
to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and
Be patient: 1 Peter 2:20 NKJV - For
what credit [is it] if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take
it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it
patiently, this [is] commendable before God.
Know to burn off our dross: Hebrews 12:10 WEB - For
they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure;
but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his
If all forsake, God will not: 2 Timothy 4:16-17 NASB - At
my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not
be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened
me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished,
and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the
Jesus was forsaken. He said so. How can God forsake God? Need some
help? See here
Why does God not always answer our prayers quickly, especially when
we are suffering?
How are we to handle being mocked, bullied, or beat for our faith?
When praying, why are we to be honest with our God?
How does God show Himself as the best counselor?
Does God always deliver us? Why not?
When God delivers us from suffering, what is to be our response?
How does God understand our suffering? (Perhaps, we can refer to the
If God is a God of love, why do the innocent suffer? (Sometimes it is
a loving chastisement to affect repentance. Sometimes it is a bad
choice. In general, it is because of evil—people, spirits, sin, or
situation. Evil is the absence of good).