Last week, after all of Job’s questions, we looked at God’s response – “I am God, and you are not!” Job’s only response was to confess and repent. The greater you understand who God is, the more aware you become of your own humanity and limitations. The better you understand the holiness of God, the better you understand your need for mercy and grace. As Aaron mentioned last week, “We might not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future!” Let’s look at this last chapter of Job and discover the hope in the midst of suffering.
1Then Job replied to the Lord: 2“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. 4You 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.” 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 the truth about Me, 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 the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. 10After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes 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 on 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 former part. 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 Job died, an old man and full of years. Job 42
Who has been a spiritual hero in your life (you can’t say “Jesus”!)?
Read Job 42:1-6. In your own words, describe Job’s mental and emotional state of mind?
Not everyone who suffers will regain what was lost, but this passage implies that there is hope. What is that hope?
Read Job 42:7-9. Why was God angry with Job’s friends? What did he ask them to do to about it? What picture do you see in Job being the intercessor for his friends? (Hint – see Romans 8:34.)
Read Job 42:10-13. Why do you think Job’s brothers and sisters, along with “everyone who had known him before” showed up to offer their support after he had been restored?
God increased all that Job had twofold and his latter days were blessed more than his beginning days. What significance is there, if any, in the fact that God multiplied Job’s possessions but not the number of his children?
Thinking about your personal walk with the Lord, would you say that your latter days have been blessed more than your beginning days?
As a group, reflect on this study of Job. What have you learned about worshipping, integrity, comforting, understanding, and hope in the midst of suffering?
How can you now see a hope-filled life for yourself if you are in a season of suffering? Or during the next time you endure suffering? List some practical steps that you can take that you have learned during this study of Job.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
On Sunday Joe stated that suffering creates humility, opportunity, and hope. Look up the following Scriptures about humility. Put a check beside the ones that you find most difficult to follow. Ask God to help you find humility in areas where you are lacking it. List an opportunity that you missed because you struggle with humility OR a situation where humility could present an opportunity for you to show the love of Christ.
- Matthew 5:44
- Luke 6:35-36
- Philippians 2:3
- Philippians 2:4
- Hebrews 13:2
When you suffer, there are people left in the wake of your pain. Think through the times you have suffered and the people who have been there for you, and the people who have not. Are there any relationships that need to be restored? Take the opportunity now to seek reconciliation.
Joe shared that even in the midst of suffering, there are opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ. If you are currently in the midst of suffering, how can you minister to someone else?
Read Titus 2:12-13. What ultimately is our “Blessed Hope”?