There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. (Job 1:1-3)
The greatest of all men
Job was described as, “perfect.” He was morally-sound and well-rounded. He stayed away from evil and obeyed God in all things.
In just a moment of time
In just a moment of time Job’s life was in total destruction. Unexpectedly, he became poor; left with nothing. And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:13-15)
The fire of God
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:16-17)
Not fast enough
It seemed as if Job couldn’t get his bearings fast enough before another calamity enveloped him. He was perplexed and uncertain of why these events were taking place, but they weren’t over. Can you imagine such tragedies occurring without warning in your life? Would you think that God was honoring you or would you feel that the left hand of the Lord had been raised against you?
Thy sons and thy daughters
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, (Job1:18-20)
“Job, why do the righteous suffer?”
All snatched away
Everything that Job possessed — all that was of value to him had been snatched away. He had been reduced to ashes. And he sat down among the ashes. (Job 2:8)
Permission to cause calamities
God had granted Satan permission to cause Job such calamities leaving him empty. One of God’s holy prophets once said, “God takes you to the limit, and if you blame Him or pull away from Him or look back, He will never, never use you in perfection. He will never be able to use you as He had wanted, as the molded vessel He had planned.” Will you say, “I will pay until God says it’s enough?”
For me to live is Christ
I imagine that Job felt much like Paul when he stated, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, but if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (Philippians 1:21-24)
Paul stated that dying was alright with him but because of the precious souls that were in his care, it was better for them if he endured and remained a little longer.
No matter the suffering — we must
No matter the suffering, we must strive — struggle — fight to please God. He is our all and all and He knows what He is doing in our lives, if we are in His perfect plan. No matter what must be surrendered in our lives, it will be worth it in the end to have pleased God. When disappointments and sorrows come as a result of our allegiance to God, God will be there to hold us up. We must be brought to the place where our total alliance is to God and to God alone.
To suffer is to feel pain or distress; sustain loss or injury; undergo punishment.
Job experienced a trying time in his life. He was without understanding of the sudden and difficult changes which occurred in his life. Job was a great sufferer. We can learn so much about human suffering through Job’s life. He endured and remained faithful.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15)
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:2-3)
While Job was upright and perfect before God, he was plagued with self-righteousness. Throughout the entire 29th chapter, Job referred to such personal pronouns such as “I,” “my” and “me.” Job talked of all he had. He spoke of his past; how well he was respected and how rich he was. Job also spoke with confidence and was secure but suddenly it was a different story.
“Job, why do the righteous suffer?”
Why do the righteous suffer?
Have you ever wondered why good people suffer? Maybe you, like Job, have been faced with this dilemma. Will you remain faithful as Job did? Will the Lord, at the end of the day, be able to proclaim His great honor upon your life?
Will you blame God and protest and kick about all the injustices delivered your way? Will you blame others for your suffering? Will you allow the chastisement of a loving, fostering Father make you complete and ready for the Master’s use? What will you do? Only if there were more Jobs.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6)
If ye endure
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:7-11)
God honors Job
Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8)
The Lord took such pride in Job. “How could that be?” God was honoring Job. He trusted Job to remain faithful to Him in spite of all that had occurred in his life. Because of the great love held for Job, the Lord allowed such suffering. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. (Job 2:6)
What’s the purpose of suffering?
Trials and suffering are allowed for the purpose of training and education. Suffering allows us to see ourselves; to see what we are made of. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2-3) We will not always understand the source of our suffering.
But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. (Acts 3:18) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: (2 Timothy 2:12)
Who we become often is a result of how we have dealt with the “hard places” in life – how we have dealt with suffering. There is a suffering that we must endure if we are to be like Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (Matthew 16:21)
He is in thine hand
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die. (Job 2:6-9)
As a result of Stephen’s great suffering, Saul, later know as Paul, was able to be won for the Lord. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. (Acts 6:10)
Listen to Stephen’s greatest sermon. It was in the midst of great suffering but Stephen’s obedience played a great role in the conversion of Saul, who would later be called Paul.
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. (Acts 7:55-57)
And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (verses 58-60)
As a result of Stephen’s suffering, Paul was able to be won for the Lord. Have you ever thought of your suffering in such a way — a way that the Lord could use to bring others into His kingdom?
Who art thou?
And as he [Saul] journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 9:3-5)
Saul, later known as Paul, suffered many things for Christ. He wanted all of Jesus and he got the Pearl of Great Price.
Have you ever thought, “Why me? Why did this happen to me or why did this or that take place?” Have you ever considered how many people are affected by our lives as we suffer? Look at Jesus. He went through much but it always turned out for good.
Suffering is a necessity
According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, suffering is not an accident. Bonhoeffer states, “The cross means sharing the suffering of Christ to the last and to the fullest. Only a man thus totally committed in discipleship can experience the meaning of the cross. The cross is there, right from the beginning, he has only got to pick it up; there is no need for deliberately to run after suffering.
Jesus says that every Christian has his own cross waiting for him, a cross destined and appointed by God. Each must endure his allotted share of suffering and rejection. But each has a different share: some God deems worthy of the highest form of suffering, and give them the grace of martyrdom, while others he does not allow to be tempted above that they are able to bear. But it is the one and the same cross in every case.” 
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
In His divine will
If we are where we should be with God — in His divine will — there is nothing to worry about, nothing to fear and we should remain content. We are not our own and must be available 24 hours around the clock for the deliverance of others.
The eyes of the Lord
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:15, 17-20)
And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days. (Job 42:10, 12-13, 15-17)
Oh, Child of God, be a person that God can use. Learn what it means to truly suffer for the sake of Christ. He’s depending on you and wants to get glory from your suffering for His name sake.
Please repeat this simple prayer, asking Jesus into your heart. No longer walking alone, the Master will walk each step with you and in the end you too will proclaim, “I see Jesus!”
If you meant that prayer, He has come.
Praise Him, He is Yours!
 Ernest Angley, Giant Little Books, The Price (Part One) (Ohio: Winston Press), 1999, p. 9.
 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (New York: Collier Books Macmillan Publishing Company, 1963), pp. 98-99.
Yours with a Passion for Souls,