Whether it is lost possessions, family problems, poor health, a career failure, or some other personal struggle, we can all identify with Job's plight. Why do Christians experience hardship? Why does God permit, even encourage, Job-like tests of faith? Do our responses to these tests make a difference?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Job 1:6–12; 13:15; Daniel 10:2-5, 11–14; Romans 8:19; Ephesians 3:7–12; Philippians 1:20; Hebrews 12:4–13
• The Issue
When was the last time you felt betrayed by God? How did you resolve your hurt?
Why was Job able to "wander to the edge of blasphemy" in challenging God, yet triumph in the end?
• The Scriptures
Read Job 1:6–12. What accusation does Satan make against Job?
Read Job 13:15. What claims did Job make?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
In Job's boldness, he demanded an audience with God and questioned God's justness, yet God vindicated Job. Is it okay to get mad at God? Why or why not?
How can you respond to well-meaning Christians who subscribe to the beliefs and attitudes of Job's friends?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• When the Facts Don't Add Up, by Philip Yancey (August 1986)
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