Job’s Very Real Anguish

Last Sunday we looked at Job 3.  Job’s losses are recorded in chapters 1 and 2. In chapter 1 he lost his possessions, servants, and his seven sons and three daughters. In chapter 2 he lost his own health.  We noted his remarkably strong and courageous initial response – he expressed his grief, but he kept his faith in God: “the Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (1:21).

In chapter 3, some time has passed and his tone has changed. Chapter 3 records him crying out to God. 7 times he asks “why?”.  “Why was I born?” Why can’t I just die? We are not suggesting he lost his faith, but he seems to be breaking down and is overwhelmed by his anguish.

One point we considered is that godly people don’t always just “sing and be happy”. His losses were fearfully painful and we see here very real anguish expressed by a very godly man.

We also  thought about how when someone suffers great loss, the initial responses  are sometimes very brave.  The first few days they are occupied with decisions and are surrounded by friends, and may simply be in a state of shock.  Job 3 made us think of how sometime later, after a funeral, when everyone is gone, reality begins to settle in. Those can be the toughest days.

What can we learn from Job’s very real grief in chapter 3, about how we can help those who are suffering?


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  1. Mary K

    We can help by remaining accessible to those who are suffering beyond the “period of mourning”. But jumping ahead to what we will learn from Job, our accessibility shouldn’t make one’s suffering worse.

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