Job 2

Job 2:1-13

SUMMARYJob suffers

OVERVIEWJob’s wife encourages him to curse God and die.

BIG IDEAGod is trustworthy, even in our pain.

KEY VERSEJob 2:9–10 (Job and his wife)
His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

In your pain, people will disappoint you. Many will ignore you, some will condemn you, but a few will care for you. Be the few in others’ lives. Regardless of what you know of their situation, you will never know all. But I do. Allow me to bring judgment and conviction when necessary. I want you to be present in their lives. Unless I explicitly instruct you, say nothing. Instead, be present. Be available. Be a source of hope in their trouble. 

Job suffered, and it had nothing to do with his actions or attitude. But Job was never alone. I was with him, and I limited what could be done to him. When you experience unexplainable pain, continue to look to me. Continue to trust me. Just as I was with Job, I will be with you. I will never forget you, even if it feels like I have. Trust me. Sing to me. Remember all the ways I have provided in the past. Overcome your pain by seeking to serve others. I am with you.

Consider what you say and do today. Do your words and actions point people to God or away from God? Seek to encourage 1-2 people today in specific, personal ways. If you’re not sure how to do so, ask how they are doing or how you can pray for them.