Here’s the 2nd week of bible study :).
So Satan has just destroyed everything that Job has, and now he’s back in front of God looking for more work. Isn’t that just like Satan to keep coming back, over and over. (Hint: He won’t give up without a fight, so if Satan keeps attacking you, you must be doing something right.) So again, God is like have you considered my servant Job. Now by this time Job has basically lost everything except his wife and his home…everything! But even through that he didn’t curse God.
The end of verse 3 is interesting to me. God says “And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason”. What stuck out to me was the very end “…without any reason”. A lot of times we feel like things are happening to us for no reason. The truth of the matter is, sometimes we’re right! Everything that could possibly go wrong does and we have no reason why. It’s not fair, I know. We see here that some things that happen to us, especially the random ones, are because of battles in the spiritual realm. But at the end of it all, if we stay committed to God through the process He will reward us at the end. So…hold on 🙂
Anyway, Satan is like God a man will do anything to save his own life. All you did was take his stuff, but I promise you if you touch him he will definitely curse you. It’s funny, as I was reading this I noticed two things. From, chapter 1 to chapter 2 God doesn’t change his story. He still calls Job a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil. However, we see Satan changing his story. In chapter 1 he’s like I promise you God if you touch Job’s stuff he will curse you. That didn’t happen. So he comes back again in this chapter and says I promise you God if you touch Job himself he will curse you. Hmmm, isn’t it just like Satan to change his story. That’s why we need to stop listening to him! He’s a liar and he will say anything to get what he wants.
But again, God is up for a challenge 🙂 He’s like okay Satan whatever, I don’t know when you’re finally gonna understand that Job isn’t going to curse me but I’ll keep playing this game with you. So God tells Satan he can do what he wants with Job but he has to spare his life. (Random thought: Satan can’t do any more to you than God has allowed!)
So Satan does what he does best: destroy. He attacks Job’s health and leaves him with sores all over his body. Job is in so much pain he scraps his skin and just sits in his ashes. He’s not only in physical pain, but mental and spiritual as well. I know if that was me I’d be sitting there wondering “God, what on earth did I do to deserve all of this! Attacks one right after the other!”. Even his wife is like Job I don’t know why you’re still holding on to God. Just curse Him already. Look what He’s doing to you. And Job’s like woman, please…you’re talking reckless! Who are we to accept all the great stuff from God and not the trouble times.
When I read that it made me think about the spiritual roles in society. Have they changed? Here we see Job staying steadfast in his faith. But from watching different marriages around me, it seems like nowadays the woman is usually the one to hold firm to God during trying times and the man usually struggles. I don’t know, it was just interesting to see here how his wife is so quick to condemn God.
I love this part right here! So Job has 3 friends who hear about what Job is going through and they all meet up to go and support him during his time of trouble. When they see how unrecognizable their friend is they immediately mourn. They feel his pain. But that’s not the part that got me. After that, they sit with him for 7 days and 7 nights…in silence. How many of us can say we can mourn with a friend for a whole week? Moreover, how many of us can mourn with them in the silence? Sometimes we can be very nosey! We want to know who, what, when, where, why, and how. More times than not, being a great friend isn’t about figuring every single detail of the situation; it’s just about being there. That’s it. We like to complicate things. These 3 friends put their personal issues aside for 7 days just to sit with their friend in silence. That’s another important point. I don’t know why sometimes we feel that the perfect time to talk about our issues is when a friend is going through their own. Stop being so selfish! We can learn something from these 3 friends.
Challenge: Is your friend going through a difficult time? Try sitting with them in the silence.