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Job: Become better, not Bitter | Old Testament

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Becoming Better, Not Bitter

Job | August 1-7

Job was a righteous man with many blessings. He had a large family, lots of friends, and many possessions. The Lord tried his faith through many trials. He lost his home, his possessions, and even his children. Then he got really sick. Job still believed in the Redeemer and had faith in the resurrection. He kept an eternal perspective, knowing his suffering was temporary if he was faithful. However, his friends thought he must have done terrible things to deserve such misery. Job began to complain that he didn’t deserve all these trials. He asked the Lord why he had to face such awful circumstances even though he had tried to be righteous. The Lord explained that He was in control and He had a much greater perspective than Job did. Job repented of his complaining. Eventually the Lord blessed Job with children, a nice home, and many more possessions than he originally had. 

Job’s story reminds us that our trials can help us to become better people if we remain faithful and keep an eternal perspective. 

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Job 19:25-26

“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”

Questions

  • What kind of a man was Job?
  • What happened to Job?
  • How did Job respond?
  • How can our trials help us become better?
  • How can we keep our trials from making us bitter (or unhappy)?

Quote

On a personal basis, each of us struggles individually with some of the many adversities of mortality, such as poverty, racism, ill health, job losses or disappointments, wayward children, bad marriages or no marriages, and the effects of sin—our own or others’. Yet, in the midst of all of this, we have that heavenly counsel to be of good cheer and to find joy in the principles and promises of the gospel and the fruits of our labors. That counsel has always been so, for prophets and for all of us.” Dallin H. OaksGET THE FULL LESSON >

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I Know That My Redeemer Lives, Hymn #136

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