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The mere mention of the name Job can make me quake as I immediately think of suffering, and trials, and loss. Who wants that? So much better to think of pleasant opportunities and blessings.

Yet recently I found myself turning to the book of Job for encouragement.


Those are the very moments when we find ourselves seemingly stripped of hope and life.

We are told that Job was a blameless man, full of integrity and he kept himself away from the evil of the society. He was wealthy by the standards of his day and raised his family in the ways of God.

If we are honest, most of us would feel that God should have blessed this good man and yet we find God gives permission for Satan to have a field day with Job. Satan can do whatever he wants to Job so long as he does not take his life.

Job loses his all of his his cattle, sheep and shepherds, camels and servants, and lastly his sons and daughters. In a relentless series of attacks, Job is left only with his wife and friends, who aren’t much help or comfort.

“Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.(Job 1:22, NASB)

Job did not ask the questions which would have come to my mind, and off of my lips, faster than a jack rabbit …

  • “Why?”
  • “How could you allow this?”
  • “If you really loved me, how could you be this mean to me?”
  • “What did I do to deserve this?”

My reading brought me to realize there are important lessons which Job’s suffering has to teach us.



I hope you will join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE as we look at the encouragement Job brings to us in our present day.


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