The story of Job in the Bible is known for its teachings on faith and patience, but did you know that there are some other lessons we can learn from the story of Job? Here are just a few that I’ve learned that I want to share with you.
First of all, I think the story of Job teaches us that trouble is a trust! Note that God bragged on Job and was confident that no matter what happened, Job would remain faithful! That teaches us that not only are we to have faith in God, but God also has faith in us! Therefore, trouble is a trust! Whatever we’re confronted with, if God was not confident that we could handle it, God would have never allowed us to be confronted with it! So whatever you’re facing today, you can be confident in the fact that God would have never brought you to it if He thought you couldn’t get through it! We may waver in our faith in God, but God never waivers in His faith in us! So stop complaining about your troubles and understand that the presence of trouble in your life is a sign of the trust of God.
Another lesson we can learn from the story of Job is the fact that our lives are not really about us! Ultimately, whatever happens in our lives, God wants it to be for His glory! Your success, your prosperity, your blessings are not about you! According to Paul, God works everything together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are the called according to his purpose. The good that Paul spoke of was not our comfort, but rather that we might be conformed to the image of His dear Son (Jesus). So, ultimately, everything that happens in the life of a Christian, God uses it to shape that Christian into the image of Jesus.
We can also learn from Job that there is always more going on than what we can see or comprehend! Sometimes we don’t know the reason, but we can rest assured that there is one! It is at that point that we have to (as the old folks used to say where I come from) trust God even when we can’t trace Him! Don’t ever think you know the whole story! There will always be the “X-factors” or the unknown variables; that’s just the way life is!
There are many other lessons we can learn from the story of Job, but these are just a few that jumped out at me. There is much more to the story than just the patience of Job and we would do well to learn some of the other lessons as well.