The Suffering of Job
“All things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16b
Why would we hear the story of Job while studying stories from Genesis? Most biblical authorities believe, based on subject matter and language, that Job was a contemporary to the patriarchs. Job fits chronologically into this period in history.
Job was a wealthy man who loved God. At the beginning of the book, God allows Satan to test Job’s faithfulness. Job lost everything, and he asked God why these things were happening. God answered Job, and His response reveals that God alone is all-powerful, sovereign, and good.
“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place?” (Job 38:12). God has. He is all-powerful. “Does the eagle soar at your command?” (Job 39:27). It does at God’s. He is sovereign. “Who provides the raven’s food when its young cry out to God?” (Job 38:41). God provides. He is good.
Everyone suffers—those who follow God and those who don’t. While the Book of Job speaks volumes to the problem of human suffering, it is also an important picture of how a suffering person should relate to God. Job didn’t understand his suffering and he even doubted God, but Job’s suffering ultimately brought him closer to God. God is always in control, even when His people can’t see the reason behind the suffering God allows.
As you share with your kids this week, help them see that following Jesus is worth it. God is good, present, and in control. We can trust Him even when we don’t understand the pain we have to endure. At the cross, God used the ultimate pain to bring about the ultimate good: our future and final salvation from sin.
Job learned that God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. When we face suffering, we can hope in God. God sent Jesus, the only truly innocent One, to suffer and die so that everyone who trusts in Him can have forgiveness and eternal life.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- Sad things happened to a man named Job, and he did not understand why.
- God talked to Job in a whirlwind.
- Job learned that God is always good.
- God gave back everything Job had lost and even more.
KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:16b
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who is God? God is our Creator and King.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- How would you feel if difficult or sad things happened to you?
- Would God still be good if He had not healed Job and given him back what he lost?
- How do we know God is good even when sad things happen?
- Identify a person or family in your church who is suffering. Pray for them. Find a tangible way to comfort them. You may send a card, perform an act of service, or give them a hug.