QT – Job 30

Vs. 27, “The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.” In the previous chapter, we read of Job’s past – but now Job is forced to confront the present. He was wise enough to at least know that he couldn’t just stroll down memory lane his whole life. By choosing to live in the present rather than the past, Job takes a huge step of faith & maturity. For Job who once had respect now gets none – who wants had blessings, but none now – who wants had help, but no help is here – who wants had a bright future, now the future is without hope – who once was encouragement to others, but is now scorned by others. Yet we have someone who understands just what Job went through, Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin” No matter how weak Job got…God knew what it was like and indeed had sympathy upon Job.

Regarding application…Enduring Sufferings.  Looking at Vs. 27…As we have been considering Job’s plight…I’ve began to realize something. While we know that suffering is a part of being a Christian…sometimes we don’t always know why. Setting aside some of the more obvious reasons…I have come to another conclusion. In our pursuit to know God more…perhaps one of the most honorable ways to know Jesus intimately is to endure sufferings. While we know that suffering helps us to turn to God…perhaps suffering also helps us to know God more! We think of methods like Prayer, Bible Reading, fellowship & worship as means to know God more, but suffering doesn’t usually fall into that category. Yet it is through suffering that we begin to fathom what Jesus the Son of God must have felt. As we suffer in this world, consider it joy my dear brothers & sisters that you are worthy to suffer…for in our sufferings we take the same road our Lord did.