SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Satan is given another opportunity to destroy Job's faith in God. God willingly allows Satan to test Job--proving once again that Job's faith is relentless and strong.
- Satan tests Job a second time. This time through physical suffering. Job is struck by disease and illness.
- Job's wife encourages Job to curse God and let go of his integrity. But, Job continues to refuse.
- Job's three friends--Eliphaz, Bildad, and Shuhitep--visit Job and have great sympathy for him.
- Job says, "Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Meaning: trusting God is needed at all times, not just when things are going well.
- Physical suffering can often cause a person's faith to flounder. However, Job is an example that even physical suffering shouldn't rattle our faith. Instead, we should continue to trust God.
- When tragedy or difficulty hit, it is good to have a community of people to sympathize and comfort you.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If you were in Job's shoes, how do you think you would respond?
- God allows us to go through physical suffering to test and strengthen our faith. Will you continue to trust God even when physical suffering is real?
- Community is vital when we go through difficult times. We encourage everyone at Verve to be in a Verve Group because of this.