What is your Response when Bad things Happen? | The Savings Wife

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What is your Response when Bad things Happen?

A Study of Job!

This is one of the Books of the Bible people reference when Bad things happen.   Lets take a closer look at what is happening and how Job handles the touch things that happen in his life.  What does his friends and God have to say about the situation he is in? 

Chapter 1: 

The book starts out telling us about Job.  He's a happy man, has lots of land, children and he fears God.  He shuns evil.   For this reason he even offered sin offering for his children, just in-case.
Job 1: 4His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
Now we see the Entrance of Satan. 
Job 1: 6One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”8Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”9“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”12The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Jobs Loses of All his possessions and family except his Wife.
His reaction was grief but acceptance.  
Job 1: 20At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21and said:“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”22In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Chapter 2:

Again Satan goes to God.   Again God praises his servant.  Again Satan accuses Job.  Again Satan Gets permission to make Job Suffer.   This time his suffering is in the body.
Job 2: 3Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”4“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”6The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.”7So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. 9His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”10He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Remember Satan did not kill his wife.   She tells him to curse God and Die.  Sometimes when we grieve we say the wrong thing.

Enter the 3 Friends.   Eliphas, Bildad and Zophar 

Their 1st response to the suffering of the friend was sympathy and compassion!  This is one of the ways we can comfort someone.   
11When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. 12When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. 13Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

Chapter 3 

Here is where things take a turn.   He has suffered now for Days and is exhausted mentally, physically and spiritually.  Our responses are often the same as his when bad things happen to us.   

We see his state of mine by his words.  
1.  Why was I born.  
2.  Why didn't he die as a child. 
3.  Why can't I just die.  

Chapter 4-12

Eliphaz:  You are not innocent, God is punishing you.  If it were me I could Appeal to God and he would help me.    

Job:   To Eliphaz: Show me my wrong.  You are of no help.
           To God:  He begins to complain.  He askes what he has Done.  
Job 7: 20If I have sinned, what have I done to you, O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? 21Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?
Bildad:  If you were innocent God would help you.       

Job 8: 20“Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.  
Job:  To Bildad:  How can a mortal be righteous to God.  I could only plead for mercy even though I am innocent.   
Job 9: 32“He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. 33If only there were someone to arbitrate between us,to lay his hand upon us both, 34someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. 35Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
           Does the verses above remind you of someone?  Jesus perhaps?   

        To God:  Don't condemn me and tell me what I have done.  You search out my faults and probe at my sin.   Why are you angry with me?

Zophar: You say you are pure in God sight,  you are not Job.  Repent and and God will lift you up.  You are an evil man.

Job:  To all of them: Put yourself in my shoes you know it alls. Can any of you bring charges against me.  I wish only to argue my case before God.
Job 12: 3But I have a mind as well as you;I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things? 4“I have become a laughingstock to my friends,
though I called upon God and he answered—a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless! 5Men at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.
Eliphaz:  Your blowing hot air.  You are evil.

Job: To them all:  Please shut up.  God is angry at me.  I am embarrassed because everyone think God is punishing me for sinning.

Bildad: Be sensible.  Why do you think we are stupid Job?  Of course you have sinned.

Job: Stop crushing me with your words.  Have pity on me.  You should fear God and stop saying these things.

Zophar: You dishonor me.  Bad things only happen to the wicked.

Job:  That is not true Zophar, Wicked men do prosper here.   Stop talking nonsence.

Eliphaz: You must have done something. Your sin is secret.  Return to God and be restored.

Job:  If only I could plead my case to God.  God does what ever he wants.  I fear God.  Why doesn't God make judgement come quick.   Why does he not punish the wicked?

Bildad: How can a man be righteous before God

Job: To them: Who do you claim to speak for?
        To God:  I will not deny my integrity.  I will remain rightous.
        To them:  God only knows why I'm like this.   I remember how good my life was.  Now I am a mocked.
         To God:  I cry out and you do not answer.  I have done the right things.

Chapter 32-33:

Finally someone with some Sense,  Enter Elihu:  (Notice This is the only friend that God does not rebuke!)
Job 32: 1So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.2But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 3He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.a 4Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 5But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
Jobs Sin was the Sin of Pride.  

Elihu:  Finally you stopped talking so I could speak.
Job 32: 18For I am full of words,and the spirit within me compels me; 19inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. 20I must speak and find relief;I must open my lips and reply. 21I will show partiality to no one,nor will I flatter any man; 22for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

Chapter 33:  

Evidence for Job's Sin of Pride:
Job 33: 8“But you have said in my hearing—I heard the very words—9‘I am pure and without sin;I am clean and free from guilt.10Yet God has found fault with me;he considers me his enemy.11He fastens my feet in shackles; he keeps close watch on all my paths.’ 
12“But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man.13Why do you complain to him that he answers none of man’s words?14For God does speak—now one way, now another—though man may not perceive it.15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,16he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,17to turn man from wrong doing and keep him from pride,18to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
Your reaction should be:
Job 33:26He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. 27Then he comes to men and says,
‘I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved. 28He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.’29“God does all these things to a man—twice, even three times—30to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him.

Chapter 34:

You think God would do wrong?
Job 34: 10“So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil,from the Almighty to do wrong. 11He repays a man for what he has done;he brings upon him what his conduct deserves. 12It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.13Who appointed him over the earth?Who put him in charge of the whole world? 14If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath,15all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.16“If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. 17Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? 18Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’19who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?20They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand. 21“His eyes are on the ways of men;he sees their every step. 22There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide.
23God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment. 24Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.
25Because he takes note of their deeds, he overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.26He punishes them for their wickedness where everyone can see them,
27because they turned from following him and had no regard for any of his ways.
28They caused the cry of the poor to come before him, so that he heard the cry of the needy.
29But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him?
Yet he is over man and nation alike, 30to keep a godless man from ruling, from laying snares for the people. 31“Suppose a man says to God, ‘I am guilty but will offend no more. 32Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again.’
33Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent?You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.
34“Men of understanding declare, wise men who hear me say to me, 35‘Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.’ 36Oh, that Job might be tested to the utmost
for answering like a wicked man!
Jobs Sin: Rebellion: 
37To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.”

Chapter 35:

What does your Sin do to God?

3Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?’4“I would like to reply to you and to your friends with you. 5Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you. 6If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him? 7If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand? 8Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men.

Chapter 36:  

Does God despise men?  
5“God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. 6He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights. 7He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever. 8But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction,9he tells them what they have done—
that they have sinned arrogantly. 10He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil. 11If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. 12But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.

What of the Godless?
13“The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help. 14They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines. 15But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction. 16He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction,  to the comfort of your table laden with choice food. 17But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked; judgment and justice have taken hold of you. 
21Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction. 22“God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? 23Who has prescribed his ways for him, or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’? 24Remember to extol his work, which men have praised in song. 25All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar. 26How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.

Chapter 37-39: 

Elihu:  He speaks of the Greatness of God.  He speaks of God's Marvelous works.  

Chapter 40-41

God Speaks to Job Out of the Storm: 

He speaks out against Job's Rebellion and Pride
8“Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Chapter 42:  

Job responds to God and Humbles himself.
2“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. 3[You asked,] ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4[“You said,] ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ 5My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. 6Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
Epilogue:  He also humbles the friends.  They have to have Job pray for them.  Notice again Elihu is not included in the Rebuke.
7After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves.
My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
What did the friends speak that was not right? They were wrong in saying if you were innocent of sin you will not suffer. 
9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lordtold them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.
12The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17And so he died, old and full of years. 

Lessons learned:

Sometimes we forget that this world is not the end plan.   We think that how awful that someone died but forget that Heaven could be waiting.   We think of the person left behind to grieve.

For the person left to grieve, God has a purpose for the sufferings.  
James 1: 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

From the Book of Job we learned a lot about Satan. 
  • He has to ask permission to do anything to us and his Power is limited.  
  • That he can only be at one place at a time.
  • Satan power is less than that of God.
  • He accuses us before God

We also learned a lot about God.
  • He looks at us like a bragging parent.  He loves his creation.  He Does not resent us.
  • He is willing to let us be tested or suffer hardships to mature us.   He doesn't bring the suffering only allows it.   
  • God sees everything and knows everything, past, present, and future.  He knew Jobs reaction, he knew that Satan would do this to Job.   God knew the entire plan for Job's life and the lives of his children and servants. He knew Job's sin of Pride and Rebellion. 
  • We see how Awesome he really is.

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