1. Is it possible to understand the book of Job? What is radical wisdom literature and what should we make of it? Who was Job anyway? Watch this introduction to the ancient and mystifying book of Job.

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  2. From Job we learn that our God is big enough to trust. When Job’s wife gives up on God it’s because her view of God is too small to trust. The friends of Job have a view of God that while biblically formed puts God into a box of their own making. But Job, despite his suffering and his questions is willing to trust in a God despite his unanswered questions.

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  3. Job had begun to feel that he was entitled to God’s blessings and Elihu showed him the error of that thinking. God does not promise the righteous that they will not suffer but he promises to be with them at all times. We do not serve God to gain his favor but out of thankfulness for what God has done for us through giving us his Son.

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  4. We’ve all suffered or known those who do suffer. Job is a picture of the worst case scenario or suffering. God’s message to Job was that he made the world, he controls the universe, he set up everything so that people and animals alike were able to be cared for. The creator and controller of the universe can be trusted. God can be trusted, so when storms come to your life listen for his message.

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  5. Though Job was blessed all of his life, we remember him not for his blessings but for his suffering. But suffering can be a blessing in disguise when we see God in the midst of it as Job did. Suffering is turned to blessing when we trust God’s purposes and persevere in faith. Though Job received a double measure of wealth and 7 more children at the end of our story, the REAL blessing was that he saw God clearly for the first time in the midst of the misery and evil - God allowed him to suffer.

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