When one feels pain from God

Job Bible Background

06.29.2015 Old Testament: Job 16.12–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 16–18 on June 29, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The poor man Job suffered beyond imagination at the hands of Satan, although God allowed the suffering. Additionally, Job’s friends chided him severely, believing that some sin of his brought on his suffering. He wanted them to know how the pain—from what he thought was God’s doing—felt,

“I was at ease, but He has shattered me;
He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces;
He has set me up for His target,
His archers surround me.
He pierces my heart and does not pity;
He pours out my gall on the ground.
He breaks me with wound upon wound;
He runs at me like a warrior.”
(Job 16.12–14) 

If you believed that God had shattered your life of ease, shaken you to pieces, shot you with arrows, piercing your heart, giving you wound upon wound, what would you want from your friends? Job said that if he was in their position, he would comfort them with words (see verse 5).

The next time someone you know suffers, he or she may not necessarily need a theological lesson, although he may say somethings that he should not have said, but remember the pain he feels and comfort him.

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