Today’s passage: Job 2
- Satan accuses God of not playing fair (Even though Satan agreed to the testing in chapter 1). He believed that Job’s testing had been insufficient because his own health was preserved.
- Had Job died, there would be no test. It would have been mercy to allow him to perish. The “saving” of his life allowed him to suffer in a prolonged fashion.
- Job was willing to allow this testing and suffering even under the sad encouragement of his own wife.
- Job’s friends come to bring him comfort and to grieve with him. They did a great job…for one week.
Questions to consider:
- Why shouldn’t we be surprised when we see Satan bringing accusations, even against God (Revelation 12:10)? What is our hope and security when Satan brings accusation against us (Romans 8:34-39)?
- Why would God want Job’s life to be spared? He certainly would not have gotten a kick out of seeing Job suffer! What would be the end result of Job’s testing? What is the purpose of our existence and life on this earth (1 Corinthians 10:31)?
- We will eventually see things we might wish Job’s friends hadn’t said. But at this point, how is their attempt at kindness and sympathy being shown? How hard would it be to remain silent for seven days and nights just to mourn with your friend? How could your presence speak more than any words?