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It is unlikely that anyone other than Jesus ever suffered as severely as Job, despite the fact that God Himself said of him, “For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:8).

Not long after the horrific suffering he endured (Job 1-2) – perhaps a week (Job 2:13) — Job cursed the day of his birth (Job 3:1-19).  We would say, “I wish I had never been born!”

And in 3:20-26, Job laments that he is still even alive; he is desperate for death!  In one day, he had gone from being the wealthiest and most respected man in the entire middle east to a man who had lost everything he could possibly lose – including his health.

We all know that life has its joys and its sorrows.  We do just about everything we can to avoid, prevent or at least minimize pain and suffering for ourselves (and others) and we do our best to give ourselves every opportunity for joy.


But we’re often reluctant to admit that so much of life is simply beyond our control – like Job.  I think that realization should lead us to ask ourselves, “What, then, is the purpose or the meaning of life?”

Had Job never been born – or had he died before God accomplished what He desired in and through Job – untold millions of people could never have been inspired by his brutal honesty about suffering – or, his tenacious determination to hold onto his faith in God despite that suffering.

We can conclude just from reading the first three chapters of Job that Job’s purpose in life was to inspire others to know God, personally; to worship God regardless of what He can or will do for us.

When you get to the end of your life and the minister speaks about your life, can he say something similar about you?  If that isn’t the case now, I urge you to stop, ask God to take over your life and stir you to pursue Him as Job did.

Suffering of Jesus

My commentary notes from my Study Bible on Job 3:23-26 offer excellent insight on suffering and the meaning of life.  I hope you’re helped and encouraged by the following words of wisdom:

Trials and grief, whether temporary or enduring, do not destroy the real purpose of life.  Life is not given merely for     happiness and personal fulfillment, but for us to serve and honor God.  The worth and meaning of life are not based on what we feel, but on the one reality no one can take away – God’s love for us.  Don’t assume that because God truly loves you, he will always prevent suffering.  The opposite may be true.  God’s love cannot be measured or limited by how great or little we may suffer (Rom. 8:38-39).


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