Bible Studies Devotional Words Of Encouragement By Lynne Conley / last year Share Tweet Pin Share Job was from a place called Uz, and he had seven sons and three daughters. Job was a man that feared God and was upright and perfect before God. ‘’And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?’’ (Job 1:8 KJV) Satan begged for permission to afflict Job. God let down the hedge about Job. He told Satan that he could test him, but he couldn’t touch his life. He lost a lot of material possessions and his family members. Job was stricken with leprosy, and the corruption was so bad. Leprosy was a type of disease that wherever the leprosy was the flesh would in time just fall off. He grabbed a piece of broken pottery and scraped the infection off of his boils. Even Job’s wife wasn’t a pleasant woman to live with and be around. She told Job to curse God and then die. Job had four friends that came after they heard of their friend’s hardships. His friend’s names were Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, Elihu. They all sat on the ground beside him and never opened their mouths to console Job at all. Job broke the silence. He began to whine about his misery. His three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, believed in their heart that his misfortune was from disobeying God’s laws. His three friends assumed that Job was a sinner and this retribution was what Job deserved. Through everything Job went through, he brought hope to us when we are facing those misfortunes, tests, sicknesses, and pain. There is a light at the end of the dark trials we are facing. We can with assurance approach the heavenly throne of Christ who sympathizes with our weaknesses. We all may face seasons when we seem there is no way out. Hold on, press on, and keep hanging on to that promise. It’s Worth the Testing! We have to remember this one golden nugget that God saw it before it came to us. He allows seasons to come our way. We need them to be stronger people of God. Stay Strong! Let us all remember in our prayers daily: All the many individuals suffering from all kinds of pain and heartaches. All the individuals with cancer, heart-related problems, diabetes, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually sick people everywhere. All those individuals that have the authority over our churches, our communities, our jobs, our government, our politicians, our leaders, homeless individuals, the many people who have lost their loved ones, all the elderly in the nursing homes, the shut-ins… that each day that someone will give them all a kind word, and a phone call or a card in the mail from their children. Let’s not forget all the little children with cancer at St. Jude’s hospital, the trauma units, burns units, all those individual are in financial ruin. Our service men and women as they are in harm’s way, they are protecting our freedom.