Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Job, “Trusting God in Times of Adversity” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week One of our study, “Holding Fast Your Integrity.” So what were your first impressions when you read through Job Chapter 1 four times? What amazed me is how much Job suffered by losing everything he had, but yet he continued to praise God. Wow!! Now that’s true faith. We have so much to learn from Job in the coming weeks. So hangeth thou in there!
Job is portrayed as a wealthy man. He was blessed with many possessions and a large family. He is also portrayed as a man who was blameless and upright, who feared God, and turned away from evil (Job 1:1). One day he had it all, a home, possessions and good health. The next day, everything was taken from him, and he lost everything.
Not once did we see Job question God. Instead, he grieved, and he continued to worship God, praising and blessing His name. Not once did he blame God for the afflictions he suffered. It’s okay to express grief. We are only human. If you have experienced a deep loss, a disappointment, or a heartbreak, admit your feelings to God, yourself and others, and grieve, just as Job expressed his grief.
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshipped.” Job 1:20
A footnote in my Life Application Bible states:
“As we see calamity and suffering in the book of Job, we must remember that we live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded and bad behavior is not always punished. When we see a notorious criminal prospering or an innocent child in pain, we say, “That’s wrong.” And it is. Sin has twisted justice and made our world unpredictable and ugly. The book of Job shows a good man suffering for no apparent reason. Sadly, our world is like that.”
So why did God allow Job to suffer? And why does God allow us to suffer? In Job’s case, God allowed Satan to test Job to prove a point. Does that mean that when we suffer we are also being tested? We may not know the answer to this question, but the important thing is to know how to respond during times of suffering. Job was a blameless and upright man who had been greatly blessed, and he was a perfect target for the attacks from his adversary. One thing you can be sure of is that any person who is committed to God will no doubt be subject to the attacks of Satan.
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
The good news is we have God on our side. Satan is accountable to God. Satan can do nothing without God’s permission. So what is our response? We continue life, we do not give up, we press on, we serve God and others, we love each other, we praise God daily, worshipping Him, glorifying His Name, and when tough times come, we respond in trust and faith in a God Who is bigger than all our circumstances.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“In spite of the absolutely horrible set of calamities that occurred—the loss of possessions and children—Job did not sin or blame God. How many of us have this kind of faith? How do we react when we lose possessions or family members? Does our relationship to God include patient faith?”
Something to think about…
BIBLE STUDY TIP: As you progress through your study of Job each week, write in your journal any questions that come to mind so you do not forget them. Leave space for the answers God will provide in the coming weeks.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Two, “Shall We Accept Good From God and not Adversity?”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Blameless” (Job 1:1, 8) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Job 1:21 (Week One, Day Seven). A “Store in Your Heart” form is located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Fill out the “Job at a Glance” chart on Page 97. As you complete your chapter study for the week, decide what the main theme of the chapter is and record the theme for Job 1. There is no right or wrong way to write a chapter theme. This is your study and it will help you to remember what the chapter was all about.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- What do the events in Job Chapter 1 teach you about God’s power over man, nature, and Satan? What did you learn about Satan’s power over man and nature? How do they relate?
- Why does God permit Satan to afflict Job? What is His purpose? How far will He let Satan go?
- Job was considered to be blameless and upright before God. What does it mean to be blameless before God? Can you honestly say you are blameless in both actions and words? Why or why not? What can you do to be blameless before God?
- How has what you learned about Satan and God affected your understanding of their relationship to each other? What changes would this make in your attitude toward your circumstances?
- What questions come to mind that are not answered in this first chapter of Job? (Write these questions down in your journal.)