Ten years ago, God gave me a message that summarized the book of Job. I covered the 42-chapter book in record time. God has used this message in great ways wherever I have preached it. I pray He will use this outline and the lessons from Job’s life to help you.
- The Character Displayed by Him (1:1) – He was an upright man who shunned evil.
- The People and Possessions that Surrounded Him (1:2, 3) – He had several children, livestock, and a wife.
- The Trials That Shook Him (Chs. 1-2) – He lost his children and livestock and was given boils all over his body. A few things to note: Job offered animal sacrifices for sin before they were required. The devil had to have God’s permission to touch Job. God first only allowed his property and family to be touched but prohibited the devil from touching Job’s health. God later allowed the devil to affect Job’s health. In the first chapter, job recognized the Lord gives and takes away but blessed His name anyway. Remember that nothing happens to you over which God does not have complete and total control. The devil is on a leash.
- The People Who Discouraged Him (Chs. 2-31) – His wife told him to curse God and die. His friend, Eliphaz,blamed Job’s suffering on his own personal sin (5:17), Bildad blames Job’s suffering on his refusal to repent (8:5-7), and Zophar said Job should suffer more because of his sin (11:1-6). Sounds like great friends, right?
- The Friend Who Helped Him: Elihu (Chs. 32-37) – Elihu was not the perfect friend, but he did highlight a few good points. He taught that the purpose of suffering is to mould and train (33:16) and the proper response to suffering is to be still and allow God to teach you wisdom (33:33).
- The God Who Sustained Him – He gives and takes away (1:21). He must first permit the trial to touch us (1:12;2:6). He was longsuffering through Job’s confusion, allowing Job to process his emotions before He ever spoke. He corrected Job’s misconceptions about God (38:1-41:34). He rebukes Job’s Friends (42:7-9). In the end, He restored to Job what he lost (42:10-17).
Bad things do happen to good people and vice versa. Being a Christian does not exempt you from difficulty. You just have the benefit of God making you stronger and a warrior that the devil will fear when you come out strong on the other side. When the bad things come, remember specifically the last point of this that God does sustain you. He is in complete control and does work all things together for His greater good not our definition. Trust His purpose and plan!