Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 32 – Job

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What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Job?

Context (Job):  Job was a man who faithfully served God and had been greatly blessed by God with a wealth, family, friends and good health.  One day Satan came to God and told God that the only reason that Job was faithful was because of God’s blessings.  Satan said that if God allowed Satan to destroy the blessings, then Job would curse God.  God knew Job’s character better than Satan did and gave Job into Satan’s hands for a time to demonstrate Job’s faithfulness.

Key Life Learnings:

Faithful men trust God in good times and bad (Job 1, 2):  First Satan brought the Sabeans to steal Job’s oxen and donkeys and kill his servants, second Satan brought fire that burned up Job’s sheep and servants, third Satan brought the Chaldeans who stole Job’s camels, and finally Satan brought a great wind that killed Job’s sons and daughters.  Job said “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  (Job 1:21).

Then Satan came and took away Job’s good health and gave him painful boils from head to toe. Even Job’s wife told him to curse God.  But Job said to her, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)

Job trusted God even after all the blessings had been taken away.  His faith was not based upon just what God gave to him, but upon the character of God and that God is good no matter what was happening to Job.

Is there any difficult thing happening in your life?  Can you trust God and His goodness and still praise Him in the midst of your difficulty just like Job did?  Ask Jesus to give you the strength and wisdom to do this and maybe ask a God trusting friend to come alongside to help you.

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Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.

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