Suffering when you have not done anything wrong

Job Bible Background

06.29.2016 Old Testament: Job 16.15–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 16–18 on June 29, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

What evil had Job done to bring the loss of all his financial resources, all his children, and his health? He not done anything evil. As he lamented,

“I have sewn sackcloth over my skin,
And laid my head in the dust.
My face is flushed from weeping,
And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
Although no violence is in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.”
(Job 16.15–17) 

He lived in total misery after all his losses, although he had not done anything to hurt someone else, and he had been a man of prayer.

If that also pictures you, or even if you have not had an experience as bad, you can still know that a man lived who knew pure misery, and you can know that God knows of it also, for He made the decision to include the debate between Job and his friends in the Bible for your sake.


  • What things have you suffered in life?
  • How did those losses affect your relationship with God?

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