Satan’s plan has now been put into action. Job has just received word of the loss of his wealth, and the devastating loss of his children. Anyone of these things would be enough to cause anyone to have a tremendous emotional reaction — a reaction from the base of one’s being; a reaction that would reveal the true heart of one’s character. It did this for Job. At this point, Satan should have given up and gone away. What was revealed about Job’s surrender to and trust in God is here made absolutely clear by the way he reacted to this news. In verse 21 we see that Job considered everything that had been taken away to be some- thing that was from God and had never ceased to belong to God. It was God’s to do with as He so chose. Job had a human reaction of grief, but the spiritual reaction of unwavering faith was the witness of where his heart was. The witness given of him by God is here found in verse 22. God, who saw his heart, didn’t observe any sin nor doubt as to how com- pletely Job trusted Him. (Tim J. Brubeck)
“Perfect submission, all is at rest . . . lost in His love” (Fanny J. Crosby).
Focus Text: Job 1:1-3, 8-22
Central Truth: Trust in God is the key element in enduring trials.
Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify rewards for being patient in suffering.
I. A Godly Man (Job 1:1-3)
II. A Devilish Scheme (Job 1:8-19)
III. An Unshaken Integrity (Job 1:20-22)