Job Bible Story Summary with Lesson

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Just about everyone has heard of the suffering of Job in the Old Testament. You might have heard someone say, “They have the patience of Job.”  There is good reason for that saying.  According to biblical scholars, the Book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible.  If you were to fit it chronologically, it should be place in the early chapters of Genesis.  What can we learn from the Book of Job?  Is there application for the believer’s life today?  Was sin involved in Job’s suffering?  Is there sin in all suffering?  Why does God allow suffering?

The Accuser

All was going well with Job.  He had it all: A large family, wealth, and blessings of every kind imaginable.  At that time, Job may have been the richest man on the face of the earth.  Job 1:2-3 describes his wealth as “He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Clearly, Job had it all.  This must have bothered Satan because he came to God.   What did God say to Satan about Job?  God bragged on Job in 1:8, saying, “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”   Can you imagine the God of the Universe bragging on Job from heaven?  Might He also brag about you and your righteousness found in Jesus Christ?  It is entirely possible however Satan was not convinced and said to God, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.  But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face” (Job 1:9-11).

Satan’s name means “adversary” and he has been called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). God sets out to prove to Satan that Job is not righteous just because he is being blessed.  God challenges the Devil telling him, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger” (Job 1:12).  Job lost just about everything; his sheep, his oxen, his camels, his servants, and all of his sons and daughters – but remarkably he did not lose his faith in God. What was Job’s response?  “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.  In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:20-22).

Here we can plainly see Job’s reaction:  he worshiped God, he said that he came into this world with nothing and will return with nothing, the Lord has taken away all he had except his wife – and his wife told him to “curse God and die” – and Job also blessed the name of the Lord.  In all of this, “Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong!”   He blessed God’s name, he worshiped God, and he did not sin.  Satan must have been angry at Job’s response.  Job suffered unjustly and yet he did not blame God or say, “why me?”

Job Bible StoryFair Weather Friends

Job’s friends tried to console him but they soon started to blame him for his own troubles inferring that he must have sinned in order for all these trials to come upon him.  That is something that is far too easy for believers to do.  When they see a Christian suffer, they unfairly assume that there must be sin in that believer’s life.  But suffering is not always a result of sin as we see with Job.  In many cases, those who are sinners suffer little while those who are saints suffer much.  Many people see this as a stumbling block for Christianity and ask why God allows suffering.  Instead of asking “why” they might be better off asking “what”.  What is God up to?  What is He trying to produce in us?  Like the refiners fire, God often uses suffering to produce righteous character in believers.  Sometimes He wants those who suffer to be more dependent upon Him.  It may be that He is trying to get our attention.  We might even be sinning; however we can not always equate suffering with sin in a believer’s life as we see with Job’s experience.

At first Job’s friends try to help Job but they quickly turn to accusing him of some sort of hidden or known sin.  Job knows that this is not the reason and tries to justify himself against their accusations.  But his justification quickly turns to self-righteousness and that is sin before God.  Job’s friends say, “Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless? You demanded security from your brothers for no reason; you stripped men of their clothing, leaving them naked.  You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry, though you were a powerful man, owning land– an honored man, living on it. And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless. That is why snares are all around you, why sudden peril terrifies you” (Job 22:5-10). This brings God’s righteous indignation upon Job’s friends (Job 42:7-17).

God Answers Job

Job is not guiltless as no man is without sin (1 John 1:8, Romans 3:23).  Job becomes discouraged, partly because of the blame game played by his friends.  Job begins to question God Himself and this is when God answers Job out of the whirlwind (tornado?), He says, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding” (Job 38:2-4).  God puts Job in his place and in effect tells Job, who are you to question the God of the Universe?  God never does answer Job’s question on why He allows suffering.  God, in His sovereignty, chooses not to tell us everything.  That is God’s prerogative.  Also notice that God spoke to Job out of the “whirlwind” which is the terminology for a tornado or great and destructive windstorm.  This could indicate that God is in all things going on this world.  He is sovereign and nothing happens that is not within His perfect will.  This things include natural disasters and calamities.  God is never caught off guard or by surprise.

Someday in eternity, God will likely make it clear why Christians suffer – why something terrible was allowed to happen or why their child was allowed to die.  It is as God once said in Isaiah 45:9, “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?”  We can not question God’s motives.  His ways are beyond human comprehension but clearly He does have a purpose in suffering.  As God tells Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah. 55:9).  He sometimes chooses not to reveal this to believers – at least in this life.

God Restores Job

If Job had known that God would have restored to him more than he had in the first place, would he have questioned Him at all?  God rewards Job for his faithfulness and his endurance through such suffering.  This story has an incredible ending.

Job 42:10-17  “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his prosperity and doubled his [previous] possessions. All his brothers, sisters, and former acquaintances came to his house and dined with him in his house. They offered him sympathy and comfort concerning all the adversity the LORD had brought on him. Each one gave him a qesitah and a gold earring. So the LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the earlier. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.  He also had seven sons and three daughters.  He named his first [daughter] Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch. No women as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. Then Job died, old and full of days.”

So Job ended up much better off than he was in the beginning.  He had considerably more than when he began his suffering and even though God did not answer Job why he was allowed to suffer so terribly, in the end Job had more blessings than any man or the face of the earth at that time.  The application for Christians today is that God will bless those who endure to the end and that someday, God will reward us with unbelievable blessings that can not compare with what we have today (Rom 8:18, 28).  We will all suffer in this life.  It is appointed to mankind to suffer. It is a fallen world.  We may not know the “why” today but some day we probably will.  Instead of asking “why”, we should ask “what”.  What is God up to?  What is God trying to do in me?  The “why” will have to wait for someday in eternity.  Until then, we can not fully grasp the purpose of God but we know that He will not allow us to suffer into eternity.  One thing that is important is that Satan could not lay a finger on Job, nor can he us.  God will not allow this (Job 1:12. I John 4:4).

For those who reject God today, they may have suffering in this life and in the after-life.  For those who believe in Him today and trust in the Son of God, their suffering will be over someday.  They will have eternal joy and fellowship with God.  My prayer for you is that you can inherit this eternal joy where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more suffering, and no more death.   Let the Word of God tell us what is in store for the children of God someday in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Was the story of Job personal to your life today? Share with us in the comments!


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Paulette July 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I love reading the story of Job. I am facing some challenges in my health, employment, finances and relationship with my children. This reminds me to keep my eyes focused on God and to be faithful to God. Thank you so much.


Jack Wellman July 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thank you Paulette for your kinds words. I remember that plants grow fastest and strongest during times of storms and I can see the same principle with us…being refined as gold in the fires of life.


marie July 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I am going through hard time right now. I must confess that I was asking the why’s and the what questions???? I lost my job, then I lost my home in foreclosure and then my boyfriend told me he wants out of the relationship. It couldn’t have come at a worst time. I feel alone….but I still have hope in Jesus. Going through the fire is not easy…not easy… tears are blinding me and my heart aches…but I just cannot let go of God. Lord please forgive me for questioning you………..I will continue to follow you where I cannot trace you…..


Jack Wellman July 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Wow Marie. What a powerful testimony to your faithfulness and trust in God that is rare these days. I am so thankful to God that you have given us all hope and encouragement amidst your severe trials. I look forward to meeting you someday in the Kingdom and wish I had such women of faith like you in the church I am under-shepherd of.


Dereck July 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Marie,

I want to just encourage you to not give-up and to keep God first in your life. I have always believed in God, but, I was not always living as I should, I lived for me.

In 1996, I was diagnosed with MS. I was in the prime of my life, I had a great job and thought that things were going great, but, because of my issue I could only do 10 years on that job and then I had to take a disability which I am currently on.

But, I was still putting myself first and not yielding to the awesome power of Jesus Christ.

Now, I have re-dedicated my life to Him. I try to study the word everyday. I do a Bible study Monday through Thursday, and just try read the word everyday.

I hope that God will move and heal me soon, but until then, I just want Him to strengthen my faith.

So please, just hang in there.

If your man is not willing to be there during your bad times, then I submit that you did not need him anyway, you will find a better job, I just know it!!!!!! Just keep the father first!

Peace and Love



Jack Wellman July 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Dereck my brother, you are such a beloved treasure and brother in Christ to me and now to Marie. I thank God for you and for Marie’s testimony and you both are two saints of God that I so look forward to meeting someday in the Kingdom.


marie July 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Thank you Jack…… head aches….my heart aches….my soul cries out…….but I hear only silence……. though the devil slay me, yet will I follow the Lord. He is my only hope…nothing else can compare…..I will be moving tomorrow…my furniture will be in storage…as I sit her looking at the pack boxes…..I wonder what’s next……what’s next….. the load is heavy…..very heavy…but in the midst of it all I haven’t lost my mind…praise God, praise God!


Jack Wellman July 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Again, your faith is strong Marie. I will personally pray for you my friend. I am so sorry. As I have said before, did you know that plants grow fastest and strongest during times of storms and I can see the same principle with us…being refined as gold in the fires of life.


marie July 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

To Dereck and Jack,
As I read your notes, tears swelled up in my eyes. I pray that I will meet you both in God’s kingdom one day. Thanks for the encouragement in the midst of my darkness.



Rob Wright July 30, 2013 at 7:49 am

Got out of bed this morning, (after a night filled with dreams of hopelessness, confusion, and separation from god) thinking how is it that I can go from felling like the favor of god is on my life to feeling like I am far from god. I began to read this article and gained an understanding that no matter what I experience or see, God works through it all. I also realize that no matter the situation in my life I must believe that he has my best interest in mind Thank you for this post. Rob Wright


Jack Wellman July 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Thank you Mr. Wright….I believe that Job shows that all suffering is NOT a judgment of God and that we are going thru trials, every Christian in fact does, to make us more like Christ and to purify us in fire like gold is. I thank you sir for your encouraging comment.


Wendy August 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

The story of Job is powerful, especially in these times of trial and tribulations. We are in the midst of a foreclosure and have done everything in our power to prevent this. We are putting one foot in front of the other and walking by faith. We are not afraid, but ask for continued strength during these turbulent times. We are putting our trust in God and giving him the praise…Thank you for allowing me to post here..God bless you!


Wangui August 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

The story of job always encourages me…..this I feel has been the worst year of my life, broken relationship, financial hardships and death in the family. All this time I have been asking “why me” but today more than ever I believe without a doubt that God only has good plans for me and I should continue in this life knowing that he is never surprised but he sees it all before it happens. I will sing your praises everyday of my life Lord


Jack Wellman August 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thank you Wangui for your encouraging comment. I love what Job said…”Even though He sleigh (kill) me, yet will I praise Him.” Now that is strong faith and I perceive your faith is strong too Wangui.


Kevin August 10, 2013 at 2:45 am

The book of Job is incredibly powerful. As a believer I’ve always struggled w/ how it was possible for satan to go before God, why was he allowed to join the other Angels? God knew he’d been going about the earth b/c he’d been banished, but why does God allow him to come before Him w/ all the other Angels?


Jack Wellman August 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hello Kevin. Thanks for your question. God gives the Devil freewill and even his name is that he is the accuser of the brethren. Someday the Devil will be cast into the lake of fire and be bound there for eternity. God also sees the Enemies accusations as useless if a person has put their trust in Christ because then God sees us as having Jesus’ righteousness (2 Cor 5:21) after we confess our sins (1 John 1:9). For now, the Devil has access to accuse us but this will not be for long. As for why God allows this, only God can answer that. He is sovereign and He alone knows why completely.


Andro P. Lucich August 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

In 2006 my Wife passed away due to leukemia. Unable to sell my home during the housing crisis between 2007-2009. I was forced to submit my home to a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. I lost my equity and unable to pay my creditors.
I move to Reno, NV to join my Son at age 72. I now live in affordable housing, and on food stamps. I live on Social Security income only. I lost my car and my independence. I could not find work after a three year search. I am unable to attend my church due to lack of transportation. My health is excellent and I walk 7 days a week saying the Rosary. My Faith in the Lord has never been stronger. After six years I also ask why?


Jack Wellman August 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hello Mr. Lucich. I know this must be difficult but I do know that someday we will have answers and as we are before the Lord Himself, it will all make sense and I await that day too.


ben patrick August 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

first, i want to bring us back to the memory of (deuteronomy 8:2) and thou shall remember all the way which the lord thy God led thee these 40yrs in wilderness,to humble thee,and to prove thee,and to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandment or no. NOTE; it’s not that God did not know a short-cut whereby he can lead them,but he decided to lead them through the wilderness. Inoder to know what was in them, to know if they will follow him or not. To prepare them for where they are going. Remember if you have not go hungry b4, and God continue to bless you; if someone could come to you and complain of hungry, you will not understand. But because you have experience that b4, even with the look of that person you will know, because you are one’s a victim. Any problem you are passing through is a wilderness, it’s also an exam, there are lesson you need to learn. Pray that God should give you the grace to know why you are passing through that, and show you a way out. Job learn his own; confessing that God’s power is unlimited, meaning; he can do all things. And God rescue him. And you have to be wise, because, temptation will surely come; and the more you pass, the higher you will go. God bless you, Benjamin.


Kit August 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

Reading in Job today, struggling to understand, came to this page. Maria and others in foreclosure episodes, Fear not, cling to your Savior, try to walk as He did when faced with anxiety, terror, pain, call upon his Holy Spirit, to fill in those gaping holes when u just cant bear to breathe another breathe,. He is always beside u to assist. I too have lived thru darkness, fire distroyed home, death of close family, a bunch of icky stuff. Its hurts. We are made strong to help others. Lead the way for them to ask why we care…so we can answer and share the reason of our faith. Please rejoice u have been chosen to be a “Marine” for God. These trials are our boot camp. God bless you all.


Benjamin September 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hello my story I was blessed with a wealth of money, beautiful girlfriend a wonderful baby daughter, all of my town loved me I was the talk of the town I could bless my family I could bless anyone.. I got ran over by a car almost died lost my friends lost my gf lost the baby girl and I lost my job, right now I’m still single, I’m in thousands of dollars of debt, I have no job, no friends and i I’ve in my moms house and I’m struggling with my wounds from war so yah I feel jobs pain 100% but I know God and Jesus you guys got my back. As in a visit I had an being came to me and said I have the protection from the angel of light I’m staying faithful


Jack Wellman September 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

May God richly bless your faithfulness Benjamin. Your situation reminds me of Job’s himself as saying “Even though He slay me, yet will I praise Him.” Wow…I love the strength of your faith brother. Well done though good and faithful servant Jesus will say to you someday~!


Herma November 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Thanks for declaring the profound truth of God’s words. Indeed to experience suffering is not joyous but when we know the Sovereign God and what He has promised and how He operates we are comforted in having Him carry out His perfect will in our lives. thank You.


Jack Wellman November 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Thank you so much Herma for your very kind words. It is hard to see with the eyes of faith and not with the eyes of the body so trusting God is everything. I appreciate your kind words.


Donald December 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I want to apologize to you LORD, I have been feeling sorry for myself, I know you are right here with me, I am suffering in health, finances, family, I believe the Holy Spirit lead me to read the story of Job tonight, and GOD I thank you, please forgive me, I have sinned, I know very much now to go forward, and just praise you, and thank you and walk in and by faith. Thank you LORD. Donald.


Patty February 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

I am studying Job right now which led me to this site. Reading all these comments has been so encouraging. It’s like having a bible study at home with others there with you. After 36 years being married to my highsschool sweetheart he left me for another woman. I lost my home because I could not afford it being on disability from a car accident. I hadto move in with my son and his family where I am still at today. Now our family is going through a very tough trial that I cannot speak of but I will say that it has us clinging to God for mercy and His help. I don’t know what my Lord has in store for me but I am trusting in Him. I go back to court soon for spousal support reasons and I am so fearful that it will getllowered. I can hardly make ends meet as it is. I do know that God has promised to take care of me and He is purifying me to get me ready for His kingdom. I believe He is testing me to see how real my faith actually is. Thank you everyone for the uplifting comments. God is in control!


Patty February 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

I am studying Job right now which led me to this site. Reading all these comments has been so encouraging. It’s like having a bible study at home with others there with you. After 36 years being married to my highsschool sweetheart he left me for another woman. I lost my home because I could not afford it being on disability from a car accident. I had to move in with my son and his family where I am still at today. Now our family is going through a very tough trial that I cannot speak of but I will say that it has us clinging to God for mercy and His help. I don’t know what my Lord has in store for me but I am trusting in Him. I go back to court soon for spousal support reasons and I am so fearful that it will getllowered. I can hardly make ends meet as it is. I do know that God has promised to take care of me and He is purifying me to get me ready for His kingdom. I believe He is testing me to see how real my faith actually is. Thank you everyone for the uplifting comments. God is in control!


Sister Stovall March 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Greetings in the name of Jesús, I can relate to Job. I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2007, which the doctors gave me 6months to live. I received one dose of chemo, which I told God I believed He could heal me. The chemo almost killed me, I began to feel worse, so I didn’t take no more treatments. I promise the Lord that I would not take another dose. Remind you its been 6years, and I’m still here, I know God have work for me to do on this earth. I’m married to a pastor of 5 years and this is our second year in ministry. I give God all the glory, and all I’ve been through not once did I stop believing in Jesús Christ. To each of you stay encourage, because the Lord have a plan for you and He is going to bless us like He did Job.


Jelly April 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm




Michael April 18, 2014 at 7:40 am

As we approach Easter this year I remain thankful for my relationship with our Lord and Savior and know that He is with me during the trying times I’m currently going through.

I was, until recently, a Retirement Home owner with my wife. Responsible for the lives of 28 senior citizens here in Ontario Canada. Last week I had unexpected visitors arrive at my office. One of them explained he was my wife’s lawyer and proceeded to tell me my wife was leaving me and dissolving the marriage. As I’m reeling form this shock he continues to tell me that as she is the sole legal owner of our business she was stripping me of any and all responsibility from the business. As I’m reeling from, and trying to comprehend, what was being said to me he continues to say I have been forthwith cut off from all financial means that had been available to me and then closed out by saying I must leave the building now without having the opportunity of saying good-bye to those I had been providing care for over the previous 5 years. My senior family so to speak.

In less than 5 minutes I lost my wife, my business, my wealth and those that I considered to be part of my family.

I have only been a born again Christian for about 18 months now but part of my walk with Christ is to read a devotional everyday and spend time studying the word. What do you think my devotion was about today? It was the story of Job.

Since this all happened I have remained steadfast in my love for the Lord and choose to believe that He is preparing me for something bigger or better. Or perhaps He is just testing my new found faith. In either case I have not wavered and continue to pray, forgive, repent of my sins and strain forward in the knowledge that God is looking out for me, even during these difficult times.

I further believe He had me open the Holy bible to the story of job today o reinforce my knowledge that all things will work out according to His will when the time is right. Perhaps I will not learn the reason for this test until my time has come but I know in the meantime I remain thankful for the love and joy that I have in my life and heart with Jesus and have learned that no matter what, nobody can take that away from me.

Praise be to our Lord and Savior



Dereck Miller April 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

Hello Michael

I just wanted to tell you that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there brother.

Peace and Love



Jack Wellman April 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Dereck, this is why I thank God for you brother and your loving support for the saints of God and I cannot wait to meet you in person my brother.


Jack Wellman April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Michael my brother, I don’t think I have ever seen any Christian in this day handle such a Job-like trial as you have sir. Dereck is so also such a godly man. You show me that you are truly a strong Christian because your faith is revealed in how you handle this and that you have kept the faith thru perhaps the most difficult of a trial that I have seen, perhaps in my lifetime. I thank God for men of faith who testify that we can do all things thru Christ and you are an inspiration to me and to many other my brother in Christ Jesus. Amazing. I will join with Dereck in praying for you and in also giving thanks and I thank God for your powerful testimony Michael…you give others hope and may God richly bless you for that!


John June 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I was a faithful husband, a good father to four beautiful children, and provider for my family. I kissed my wife and told her I loved her everyday for 18 years and loved her for 28. We never had an arguement and I never called her a name or raised my voice to her. She met a man in church and had an affair we are now divorced and she sits in church all forgiven by God with the new man! What kind of God allows this to happen? What do I do now and the four kids, I have custody. How do we heal our pain? She is simply forgiven for abandoning us and is living happily ever after. I have to say this is not a very good marketing tool for God to attract Christians. I was always a faithful believer and tried to do the right thing every day. Now I am questioning everything as I have never done before and my faith is shaken to the core. I don’t know what the use of being a “good person” is anymore. I used to be a good man.


Jack Wellman June 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Hello John and thank you sir for your comment. You sound like Job and you have much in common with suffering. How can this be? I am so sorry and I feel helpless at times like this. Who could blame you if you are now bitter. You are suffering like Job and are a victim. I believe it may be very much like Job’s story…the Enemy may be trying to hurt you thru your wife. You must stay firm in the faith for your children’s sake. If you turn bitter or give up being a “good person” how will your children turn out? Will they not also become this way be example? They could also have a low view of God if you show this to them in your life. At least you have your children, a home, your health, your job, right? Job lost all of this and still, somehow, managed to praise the Lord. I don’t know how he managed. God doesn’t need a marketing tool to attract Christians but all Christians suffer in one way or another but yours sounds like a much harder road. What are your choices? Give up on God? See your children never come to faith? See them turn their back on God and perhaps turn bitter John? The truth is that Jesus suffered more than any many has ever suffered in human history (Isaiah 53) and He was completely innocent. He suffered for our sinfulness. The innocent One died for the guilty ones. That was surely not fair. The most unfair thing of all time was placed on Jesus so that we could live in eternity with Him someday. The alternative is not good though is it John? Truly, none of us are innocent, are we? Don’t’ we all deserve the wrath of God but He placed it on He Who didn’t deserve it, right?

Our loving and merciful God has a perfect plan to use that suffering to accomplish His threefold purpose. First, He uses pain and suffering to draw us to Himself so that we will cling to Him. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). Trials and distress are not something unusual in life; they are part of what it means to be human in a fallen world. In Christ we have an anchor that holds fast in all the storms of life, but if we never sail into those storms, how would we know that? It is in times of despair and sorrow that we reach out to Him, and, if we are His children, we always find Him there waiting to comfort and uphold us through it all. In this way, He proves His faithfulness to us and ensures that we will stay close to Him.

He proves to us that our faith is real through the suffering and pain that are inevitable in this life. How we respond to suffering is determined by the genuineness of our faith. Those with faith truly from God, “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), will not be crushed by suffering, but will come through the trial with their faith intact, having been “proven through fire” so that it “might be found to praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7). Those are the ones who do not shake their fists at God or question His goodness, but instead “count it all joy” (James 1:2), knowing that trials prove that they are truly the children of God. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

God uses suffering to take our eyes off this world and put them on the next. The Bible continually exhorts us to not get caught up in the things of this world, but to look forward to the world to come. This world and all that is in it will pass away, but the kingdom of God is eternal. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36), and those who would follow Him must not see the things of this life, both good and bad, as the end of the story. Even the sufferings we endure and which seem so terrible “are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Does it make more sense now John? I pray it does and I am sorry but sometimes only God knows the “why.”


John June 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

Thank you for your response. To be honest I never thought I would get one because I have found there are no real answers in this world. What about the seemingly never ending forgiveness? She committed and admitted in court and was convicted of adultery. If god simply gives perpetual forgivness to people no matter how they live being a good person and trying to do the right thing is pretty pointless if there are no real consequences for our actions. Like I said she now sits in church with a guy who is the scum of the earth, three previous divorces and three kids of his own he hasn’t seen in years and never paid a penny of child support for any of them, living happily ever after. If god simply repeatedly forgives us every time we sin with no consequences what is the point to begin with? I still try to do my best for the kids but it is very hard taking them to church or getting the older ones to go when they know god allowed our marriage and family to be torn apart in his own house last year. The man she is with now is the third one since our divorce. None of this makes any since to us. I guess the real answer is to simply harden our hearts and never really trust again and try to move on.


Jack Wellman June 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

John, there are consequences for every sin. David’s adultery led to his losing a child, Abraham’s failing to trust God let to infighting between his wife Sarah and his other wife. Whether these consequences come in this life or the next, no one will ultimately get away with anything as we will all be judged as Paul wrote in Romans 14 “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,and every tongue shall confess[b] to God.”So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”


Mrs. Kimberly Ann Mays February 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I’m so sad for you, and pray that God touches your heart and you can see how much He truly loves you. I must say this though. John, you are angry at the wrong one. Five years ago my son was brutally murdered. His death not only took away my life as I knew it, it hurt me in a way I can’t even describe. God is far greater than we can ever imagine here though, because He has given me the most wonderful gift throughout my suffering. He gave me strength and faith like I’ve never known. My son’s death has made me hungry for God and His Son in ways I can not explain. God has shown me that His love is so great, no matter what we must go through. I’ve learned to put everything in His hands and I trust Him to sort it out or show me what to do. It saddens me that your pain is directed at our Perfect Lord. Satan had his grip on you, John. God loves you and He wants you to belong to Him, but you must turn to Him. Remember the story about the lost sheep? God went after him, because he was lost, and I pray He does the same for you. I’m a work in progress, but no matter how difficult life gets, and believe me losing a child is the hardest thing to go through; I will never let satan defeat me. You shouldn’t either. God created you and you belong to Him. If you stop whatever it is that you’re doing, right now, and say these words: God, I’m in trouble and my life is a mess. I need You to take the wheel and help me go wherever You want me to be. I need You, God, but my heart’s been bitter toward You and I need You to come into my heart. God, You know me better than I will ever know myself. Please listen to me, Lord and remove my hurt and anger. Restore my heart and help me learn to trust in You. My faith is weak and I’m lost. I know this is a lot to say John, but once you initiate conversation with God, you will find yourself talking to Him multiple times a day. Life will become so amazing and you will receive blessings without even asking. God does the most amazing things for us and everything around you will have a new meaning. Today, I find myself thanking God for things like a pretty sky, or even much greater, sparing the lives of of my family and friends. I talk to God just like I’m speaking to you now. I don’t ever use fancy words or try to pretend things are going good when they’re not. You can’t hide from God and He certainly can’t be fooled. Whenever other people thought I was doing ok, God knew I wasn’t. He’s the Only One I can say anything to and never worry about what He might think. I know that God loves me unconditionally. One last thing, John. I know my comment may be just another disappointment to you, because of where you are in life at this time. I mean the pain and lack of trust. It’s ok if you choose not to take my advice. I’ll still pray for you. My faith has grown so much after losing my child. If I have a headache or lack of sleep and need my day to be productive; I ask God to help me have a “God Day” and do the things I need to do. Guess what, John? Almost immediately, my headache disappears or my energy level rises. It doesn’t matter how small, I ask and God provides. This is because I have faith that He will. As far as big things; I always ask, if it’s in His Will to provide me whatever I’m asking for. If I don’t receive it, I know it’s because of one of these 2 things: it wasn’t what God wanted for me, or it wasn’t what He wanted for me at that time. I know this letter is long so I’ll be going now. May God be with you, John! K. Mays


Robert July 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

John: I’m sorry for your situation and I’m sorry there are no words I can offer to change how you feel. If it’s possible why not make some changes so that you can see things differently than you do now? maybe a change in the church you attend? Why be reminded of the feelings you have for your ex-wife every Sunday? Why not change your surroundings and find a new family to worship with?
When my father was alive my older brother always called him on his birthday, he was the only one of us who spoke to him out of 7 children. My father was NOT a good man for various reasons, no need to go there, so to speak. Yet every time he called my father would always find a way to insult my brother about his faith. I would ask my brother “why” he continued to call and get beat up again this time mentally? Why not just hire a couple of big guys and have them punch him every year on the same day and be done with it?

Why not change the place you go to that always produces negative results for you and especially your children?

As a recovering alcoholic I know there are places that I cannot go, even though my friends go there, I cannot and by the Grace of God I don’t. I hope this helps.


Julie July 28, 2014 at 12:38 am

Yes, I felt The LORD was impressing on my heart to have my friend that’s New to the church read thiJob because I’m not everything sure she knows much about spiritual warfare and the enemy, as she’s going thru some difficult times. Then I skimmed your synopsis to confirm and as I read this I felt perhaps it was meant for BOTH of us because I get so discouraged and upset and I start questioning too! & then (stupid) oops, I mean satan takes over my bran and I get all upset. I’m sooooo tired of him. Oi!
Peace Be With You!


Brencia October 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

Praise be to God! Thankyou all for posting your trials and your examples of the faith we all need to have in our God. I too use to question why God allow certain trials and devastations to happen….but God is a just and sovereign God. He doesn’t make any mistakes. My fiancé and I are going through the storms of life as I speak….finances, job, and family tribulations….but we hold on to Gods word. We believe. As Job believed….we are being refined for Gods glory, and we welcome the trials knowing God will never leave or forsake us. I have to be of support for him during his trials and know that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. We walk by faith in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Jack Wellman October 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Amen my friend. Well said and yes, praise goes to God and these precious brothers and sisters stories can help many…they did me. And for God’s glory we are being refined. So well put.


John November 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

I first contacted you in July of this year, here is an update to my situation. My family is facing another terrible holiday season as old wounds will be opened even more as they are and always will be this time of year. It happens everytime I have to send my children away to the convicted adultress God let ruin my family. The worst part is this is what the kids and I have to look forward to for the rest of our lives. My kids high school and college graduations, my daughters and sons weddings, the birth of my grandchildren every life event that most people look forward to are now simply events to be tolerated and try to avoid conflict at. In Job it surley says that God replaced his riches and children but simply because we have another child does not stop us from feeling the loss of the one that is gone. I am sure Jobs life was not as perfect as is presented after God did what he did to Job simply to prove a point to the devil. The aftermath is lacking a lot of detail. Why put a person through this sort of thing any way? Are we just some sort of sick psychological experiment of some higher being? At times it appears people are simply pawns in a sick game here on earth to see how much pain we can tolerate. I dont understand why God has forsaken my family but him simply forgetting us is even worse.


Jack Wellman November 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

Thank you John. I am concerned where you wrote “God allowed the convicted adultress to ruin your family.” Have you thought about what this woman faces someday (Rev 20:11-15) for no adulterer will inherit the kingdom of God so there is only one other place for her. That will be so terrifying and painful that she will have no end for her suffering. You must trust God to judge all things eventually as Romans 11:5 says “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Did you know we are commanded to pray for our enemies and that anger is the same thing as murder in the heart (Matt 5)? Didn’t Jesus die for us while we were still His enemies and wicked sinners (Rom 5:8, 10)? Yes He did. I don’t understand all the things in this world either. People are “pawns in a sick game?” Wow. You have such anger at God and although we might all have this at times you shouldn’t stay in that place my friend. Why did the Father forsake Jesus on the cross? So that we might have eternal life. Talk with your pastor immediately and I feel you need counseling my friend.


Christy Thomas November 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

I’ve been going through some challenges as well, and I had to question God for my inability to have another child (I already have a daughter). But after reading about job, I just realised that I’ve been very wrong being angry with God and right now am asking for forgiveness. He is an unquestionable God and I know that everything works for good for those that trust in Him. He is forever faithful. Christy


John November 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

The way I see it God did allow this and especially how he introduced this other man in to my family, through the church, his own house no less. By the way she is on the third live in man in a year and a half. Two convivted meth cooks and the current one is a convicted child abuser. The court ruled that none of these men can be around my kids. I have full legal and physical custody she gets them every other weekend and we trade holidays. A real great life isnt it. Doesn’t the bible say God is in control of all things? Did he not direct the devil to attack Job just to prove a point? For 28 years I said a prayer everyday and thanked god for my family and did the right things everyday for them and it got me and the kids the worst thing that could ever happen to a family, a broken home. You are right I do have anger that I have never had before in my life and I hate being like this. As far as clergy and counseling goes there are no answers at all. In the end I will continue to take care of my kids and try to raise them the best I can and we will just harden our hearts and never really trust again. I used to have a great family and was a good person but now I just don’t know. So finding no answers here I will continue my search and will not bother you again because it is easier for a bad person to pull a good person down than it is for a good person to pull a bad one up.


Jack Wellman November 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

You never bothered my John. I am grieved that I couldn’t help you my friend. I pray you find the answers that you are looking for. I wished I could have been more help for you sir.


Dereck November 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hello John,

I hope you are well, I have read your story. I am praying for you and your family. Let me just tell you that if this is bothering you, then you have pray to God and let Him know how you feel, but, just being angry is not going to help you, who knows, this could be a teachable moment for you!!!

Let me tell you a little bit about my story, I had a very good job. A little more than a year later, I was diagnosed with MS. I was able to work for another 9 years, but, then I had seek a disability. That was in 2005. When I first got this diagnoses, I was 33 years old, when I received my disability, I was 42. Now I am 51.

It has been so hard being patient because I do believe that the Lord will heal me, but, this is a learning experience.

I am praying for you brother.

Peace and Love



Jack Wellman November 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Dereck. Having known you for some time now, I know you have had it hard. I appreciate your support of John. I wished I could have been more help to him but you are doing the only thing we can do for him…and that is to pray for him. Thank you so much my brother.


Dereck November 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

Thank you Jack

I pray for your continued prayers.

Peace and Love



Jack Wellman November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Thanks my brother. You have it my friend.

lynda June 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

Ive had similar happen and what dawned on me and helpfull was basically that i needed to forgive, for my own sake…..this was my way. We must work to forgive others for their weakness imperfect ways and ignorant ways by the same measure its God affirmation of your characteristics still a struggle for another not yet developed in them….you are allowed your feelings and its a process what made me smile was shortly after I read this I read a slogan ” to expect a lion not to eat you because you’re a vegetarian is no different than to expect nothing bad to happen because youre a good person. I will always look back on what happened in my own life with great sorrow but also with peace now and proud of who i stayed and kept being regardless. My faith has always been strong through suffering and joy. there’s hope, a way through this and you have the almighty carrying you.Your answer is already on its way just stay grateful and faithfull. Be strong I will pray for your family and you to see the revelation and the missing link that makes all things new in the blink of an eye. Lynda


Rosalind Onoh November 6, 2014 at 6:53 am

Thank you very much for simplifying the story of Job as I have always struggled with understanding the details, reading it from
the bible. What a man of Faith.

To my mind, every body should read the story of Job, and learn
from it.
Thank you very much.u


LilJoe November 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

Reading the Bible and ending up here, I feel like my name could be interchanged with Job’s. Im 48 years old, and as I write this I am days away from being evicted from my apartment, and my car is going to be repossessed. My bank accounts are negative, and there is not one person in the world who I can call, no where I can go to feel safe. 8 years ago I had a 3500 sq ft house and two little boys who were my pride and joy and a loving wife. A really successful business that I loved. My wife was unhappy where wed moved, and set in motion events which got me to this point. I was a pro athlete…….had a massive heart attack too. Havent seen my boys in 4+ years, she took them back to her home country after falsely accusing me of infidelity. HAd me arrested 1/2 dozen times for nonsense (mentioning her on FaceBook, for ex) FROM DENMARK. Id never gotten a speeding ticket yet I ended up in a (negative) front page story in my hometown thanks to my wife. Eventually all charges were dropped,,,,,,,,after getting cleaned out financially by lawyers, etc. MY family sided with my exwife. The holidays are here……I don’t know what Im going to do……I always thought I was a good person…..never said ‘no’ to anyone…..donated to charity…..went (and go) to church ……and reading the Bible I realize I never ever blamed God……..just asked for a direction cuz I am so lost. Ill do the work just tell me what to do. I miss my boys so much I cant breath…….and despite the lies I miss my exwife. Like Job, I was so sure I was doing right…….now Im at the bottom and I wonder…….maybe I was really doing wrong but just too dumb to realize……..I ve gone to confession …………the Priest said God doesn’t punish (I understand more now) and that its more about me forgiving myself. Im sorry if I rambled….its 5am and a sleepless night of worry and regret again


Jack Wellman November 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

Wow…yes, you are just in the same hard place as Job was….these things are the reason that I pray for the kingdom to come so that God can finally wipe away ever tear and when God wipes them away on that day, they will never reappear. I like what you wrote…that you have to fully depend on God and that’s exactly what He desires for us to do anyway, right? God cannot fix us until we are first broken. God desires a soft clay vessel since He is the potter and we can never be like Christ until and unless we suffer like Christ did (of course not to the same extent). I wish I could know what to write to help. Your story is amazing and yet you have not turned bitter. What a glory to God, even so, come quickly Lord.


keri November 22, 2014 at 7:39 am

My thoughts…

The last time I knew what peace felt like was 19 years ago. I say this because I’ve learned that the constant discomfort pushes me to prayerfully ask “What” is the lesson I am supposed to be learning? I grew up in a Christian home and I’m grateful that God was present in my home. I am 37, homeless, without a car, lost my 6 figure salary, left a cheating husband, my best friend who was 9 months pregnant was murdered 3 days before my birthday, even my dog died for no apparent reason, my family is broken, her family blames me for things I could not control, my friends turned their backs because they have no understanding therefore no compassion, my child is suffering, and all I can do is pray and praise God for that which I don’t understand.

I will share that the torture I feel from the above covers only 2 of those 19 years. Faith is believing in that which you cannot see, Faith is about learning to love when you don’t have a reason too.

My 15 year old put it best this time mom is a fleeting moment in forever and we may be poor poor poor but we are rich in love! He was talking about God’s love and that although we think we have nothing we have love in our life and love shines through are tears.

My best friend was a sister to me, I spent my birthday packing her home. She was born on Christmas and it took me shaking my fist at God and being completely shattered before God was able to open my heart!

I have faith that without closing off my heart but rejoicing in the trials placed before me that God she’s and he cries with me as much as he praises with me. His plan was not to leave me but to show me how much more there is to be thankful for… My tears fall freely and it’s ok but through my child and his word “we may be poor but we are rich in love” I finally understand!

My hope is that those who struggle come to God on their knees and praise him for this trial is a fleeting moment in eternity. I don’t know the exact verse but I pray it often…. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I pray his will be done and that he use my life to help others find their way to him.

Thank you all for sharing and reminding me what it means to live in his Grace.

Upward & Onward


Jack Wellman November 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Keri…your testimony is so powerful because you show your faith in God is so strong. What a glory to God you are my friend in Christ. I wished we had you in our church where I pastor at….I would bring you forward to show those in the church that we get so angry if someone gets our parking space or our favorite brand is out at the store. Can I print this out and use it at church? I want others to see how faithful you are even thru a Job-like life. Wow…I thank God for women of faith like you.


Jennifer November 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

Pastor Wellman,

How thankful I am that when I’ve had questions in the past year, our faithful Father leads me to one of your articles. You have a way of reaching me with your words.

As I read the comments, I can’t help but shed tears for the people here, suffering loss and pain. My heart goes out to each of you. God spoke to me in a profound way many years ago with the verse in John 14:18 -” I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” as a reminder that Jesus comforted His disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit.

I hope I’m not speaking out of turn but asking all of you (and remind myself) to read those words in John 14, as we are NOT alone and while we may grieve and cry there is comfort and peace we may depend on always. The disciples were fearful that they couldn’t manage with Jesus by their side and He lovingly set the straight with His promises!

My heart is with you all and I cry with you. Life is not fair, the world is corrupt and all of us our sinners yet God is faithful to His Word so we can joyfully embrace His promises even while we are in turmoil.


Jack Wellman November 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Thank you so much Jennifer for the encouragement. Amen…it breaks my heart but we know that God is near the broken hearted and that since God resists the proud He gives grace to those who are humble. So true, He will not leave us as orphans. Great verse and one that is so comforting to those who are leading life in a very hard place.


Thobile Njilo December 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

I would also like to testify what Lord Jesus christ has done to me One day i was walking in the to see a doctor i live in south africa at Durban city so walking looking a surgery i walk into evil surgery where they devil worshipers pretending to be doctors they inject that i felt drugged i felt i was dieying i was going to ground sort of a dark place because i knew i had a holy spirits i did believe bt i was not strong on God bt i knew that what ever is happing in my life it him i knew he was alive so something made me to call his name aloude i call “jesus Christ please save me In the name of Jesus in the name of juses non stop a miracle happen i was back from earth and i swear i was going to get crazy that day But through his powers im here today im nt going backward he Alpha And Omega the Through God just Give all your self to him afterwards the evil was hunting me bt through praying my life is back to normal no more bad dreams at night im nt afraid anymore Jesus Christ is Living “Blessed his name Jesus”


joseph February 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

im in a very troubled time in my life , i got laid off and i started my own business things are slow and i dont know which way God wants me to go , im facing one difficult trial after another i became angry with God and bitter so i looked up this story just to try to get some comfort in my wilderness experience.


Jennifer February 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm


Take heart, you are not alone in the wilderness! Jesus is with you and though it seems as if you can’t catch a break, it will come. All of us go through this in our lives and it’s not easy to keep a good attitude but what I find is looking at it from the perspective that God is preparing you for many things to come. Remember when we were all young, problems seemed to be easy to solve because we had childlike faith, and life had not hardened our hearts. Our Holy Father asks us to continue to have the faith of a child and rest in Him. When we do this our troubles lose their potency because God is there to listen, guide, forgive and refresh our hearts and minds.

I’m praying for you and wish you all the best.


Dereck February 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Hi Jennifer,

You gave such great advise above. I read it and I just knew you were talking to me.

I gave some advise to a brother above, so, if you read it, you will know my story. The thing I am struggling with now is doubt.

I have no doubt in my mind that God can make me better, it is WILL He. The other thing that I struggle with is, I am tired and I am fighting depression.

But, I will stay encouraged.

Peace and Love



Jennifer February 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm


I appreciated your kind comments. I understand what you are going through as I am experiencing the same frustration of depression and it’s symptoms. Our faith must be complete by listening very closely to what God is telling us to do. I’m struggling with blocking out my own thoughts but God hears my prayers and is guiding me day by day. Praise God!

Psalm 139
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

I take a lot from the above passage. What is true of David is also true for us, though we are not a King, we are children of God with our own destiny.

In Christian Love,



Elenda March 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Yes, this was me following a very upsetting conversation I had with someone the previous night. I was hurt and angry and in my heart I was upset with God because everything was so difficult. The next morning I opened my bible to Job 1:2 and it said “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” As I read more and sought a better understanding online I read this article and it spoke volumes to me and I feel so free and have thanked God immensely and sought his forgiveness for being upset with Him. As the old song says “we will understand it better, by and by.” I love the Lord with all my heart!! Thank you Father God for your Goodness and Mercy!!


antoinette April 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm

I can relate to Job because at a moment in my life I thought I had it all . I lost my kids father , I lost my marriage my home my life as I knew it. But with the praise in my heart and the blessing of him keeping me in the realms of his arms I am still here. Through the hurt and the pain and the lost and the new beginning and it be on his time, thank you Jesus for keeping me. Thank you for my kids my family, and my foes. I pray that you keep them covered Lord. But I know that God always knows best. I thank him for taking me through it because I am Job. I have been blessed and all praises to God. God is so Good!!! Weeping may endure for the night, but joy will come in the morning! God bless and keep you all! Amen….


Olushola April 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

Please Sir,

I am using the Book of Job as a case study in my Project, the suffering of Job and I want to compare his suffering with the present life or city


Jack Wellman April 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

Thank you Olushoa. I hope it helps. Thank you my friend.


jackie April 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

hello my name is Jackie and just reading this made me feel so much better, a alittle background info im a single parent of three little kids, and when I left I thought for sure I had it all together I could handle this all on my own, well I was wrong I always has felt like something was missing from my life but couldn’t really understand what that was, but anyways to make a long story I lost my home I lost my job I lost my car and had to rely on others to help me, once again, I didn’t quite understand what was going on and still today a lot of unanswered questions, I figured out after some time spent with talking to god (which ive been doing on a daily basis I love to write) and looking back on my life just a few years ago I took things that I had for granted, I was thinking this isnt good enough I want more, well now I have lost it all well now I wish I could go back and change the way I thinking, but I cant, but I realize now that god knew that I was thinking all about myself and not coming to him for anything I shut him out of my life completely so I know that alls god wanted was my attention he wanted me to come to him, and back then I didn’t I just kept on going the way I saw fit. but just in the past two month I have come to him and I realize now that I can come and talk to him about anything and everything and he will be there to listen and help me put my life back together, and there reasons why I went through everything that I did, and just looking back it has made me stronger then I ever thought I possibly could ever be, I realize that god has a plan for everything, you just have to believe in him every step of the way. and no matter what he will never give you anymore than you can handle, and when he says its time he will help you put everything back together but not only that he will help you make something much better then it was before, you just have to have faith and trust him.


Megan June 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

This is beautifully written. I love the point: “We will all suffer in this life.  It is appointed to mankind to suffer. It is a fallen world.” Nonbelievers constantly find the need to question God, and that is what makes them so weak. I’m glad to have read this :)


Jack Wellman June 14, 2015 at 7:02 am

THank you so much Megan for your very kind words.


janine June 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

Hi John,
been reading Job and noticed something I never noticed before. There is another lesson in the book not often taught. { we should not judge others of self by circumstances in our or there life. we should judge by whether they are producing -the fruit of the spirit in Gal. ch 5. We should not necessarily assume sin is in our life. But we should be very careful how we react. Job apparently had no sin, was very righteous as you were in caring for his family ect. But when he was put on trial he began to question God. just as you and I and many others. though he was righteous God tried him with -the fire of life- God loved Job and had great respect for him. job became self righteous in his anger at God. Because he did not understand. I believe that we just as Job sometimes are trying to understand the wrong thing, the why is God doing this instead of what is he trying to do in me, for me, or maybe just for his kingdom, maybe its not about you 0r me sometimes but the furtherance of his kingdom. either way in eternity we receive the reward for being a part of his plan if we remain in him!!!!!! The other lesson is about the fruit produced in us by this life on earth and how it contributes to the kingdom of God -that not necessarily seen kingdom of righteousness, love joy peace longsuffering gentleness goodness faith meekness temperance. love according to cor. ch13 always believes. back to Job; through his trial Job received a greater look at God than he had previously known ch 42 v5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wow this is the blessing of trials if we will only let it be. This blessing came to Job only as he admits that God can do all things…….ch42 v2. Another words God can heal and make things good for you and your children if you will look for the good that he wants to give you. Forgiveness love joy in him(in living according to the fruit of his spirit, let his spirit rule your actions and thoughts instead of your hurt ruling!!! Oh what an amazing heart God wants to give us, because he loves us soooooo much that he sacrificed his Son. His righteousness demanded payment for our sin, we could not make payment so he allowed his Son to be scorned, ridiculed, spit upon, crucified with sinners, poured the sin of the world on him and looked away. He did all this so he could according to his own law forgive us because the price for our sin was paid. he could not forgive us otherwise. If we seek him we will find him. I encourage you John to seek him by obedience. he said test me and see that I am good. Not that you will have material blessing or what is seen but the blessing not seen by the eye. The blessing of peace and all that comes with walking in His way. Its not easy but it is a very simple way. Just do forgive, stop being angry (expressing anger/dwelling on anger) and accept that God is good, believe , hope, refuse to harden your heart. This is where the enemy wants you to stay. He can use you there to spread his lies. But God wants you to spread the fruit of His Spirit and he wants you to be blessed by doing so!!!!!! I pray you will Believe in him and that he does reward those that diligently seek to put his ways into practice in their lives come hell or high water. excuse the expression. John I promise you by Gods almighty power that you have everything to gain by doing good according to Gods ways. May all glory be His it is only by Him in my life that I can say this with faith believing. sorry so long im not great with words but hope God was guiding these words to touch your heart to renewed faith in him. He really does love you and your children!!!!!!!!!


Literra June 28, 2015 at 5:25 am

This lesson have enlightened me to have joy through the circumstances that my family & I face today at this very moment.


Evelyn August 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm

God Bless
I am studying the book of Job..I can relate to his loses. I lost my mom,husband throw divorce, grandson taken away far without my knowledge, health, finances..But I learn to keep my eyes focus on the Lord. He will provide foe every need. He will never leave or forsake us. When we fall He will lift us with His Mighty Powerful Right Hand. And, He loves us. Job suffer something beyond. God never left him. He received triple the blessing. So what ever our trials, tears..God got us and He will pull us through. And, we shall become stronger. Amen


Jack Wellman August 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Wow Evelyn. You are one of the few to get it! You really did understand the Book of Job and that is He (God) will pull us through it and yes, we will become stronger. Well said. Such a faithful woman of God you are! Thank you and I thank God for you.


David Miller August 24, 2015 at 12:40 am

Jack, I welcome your comment. In the last 10 months I have lost my wife, my house and kind of my kids (who are high school and above). I’ve just now come to the realization that all this is for a reason. I don’t know the reason yet, I’m still figuring all that out. I’ve deserted God and asked all the same questions for years. Why me? I’ve known for 30 years that God has an answer for me, I just don’t know when I’ll get it. I hope and pray that I get the answer in my lifetime, but I don’t know. Please pray for me.


Jack Wellman August 24, 2015 at 8:38 am

Thank you Mr. Miller. I will pray for you sir. I want you to read this call 4 tests of character by suffering and I pray it will give you some answers.


gloria August 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Mum left us (died) end of last year, feels homeless and hopeless without her, she left us so soon…. :'( as the oldest in the family, i should have been the one to encourage my four brothers to accept the fact that all will one day must have gone, but instead i cried when they cry, because i realize just how much we needed mum but she is not here or there, not anymore! Feeling incomplete each day… so I searched up stories from the Bible of some people who lost someone they love and their experience, when i come to read this! so encouraged reading through this… the story of Job and his experience!


Jack Wellman August 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

I am very sorry Gloria. My prayers for you my sister in Christ.


John Pomaski August 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

I came across this article today and I needed it. I am recently divorced , unemployed, staying in a hotel with limited funds. I have an arrest that keeps employers away. I try and try, but one thing I know, God is on the throne and the trials of day to day life are nothing that compares to the eternal glory. What I have learned is that this is a test of faith, a cleansing of the impurities that led me down my path of self destruction. I believe that this season will end as did Job’s. God is always on time. Blessings to you and the others who read this.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

My heart breaks for you Mr. Pomaski. I am so very sorry. Praying as I write this for you. Your faith is strong as Job’s and may God richly bless you sir for the encouragement you gave to me and the MANY who read this too. Wow. What a powerful testimony to the faithfulness of God you have!


Andrea September 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

John, God bless you and I want to encourage you in Christ Jesus, He will never fail you or leave you without employment, he will sustain you and do a miracle in your life, everyone make mistakes but the Good Lord knows our hearts. My son gave me a hard time when I got serious with living entirely for the lord, he also had been arrested and has a felony now, but God has now bless him with employment with MTA (miracle) God will do the same for you. I pray the Lord will grant you the desires of your heart, it will be well just be patient and trust in the TRUE AND LIVING GOD JESUS. ANDREA


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