Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 15, 2016

“But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 16.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then Job answered,

2 “I have heard many such things;
Sorry comforters are you all.
3 “Is there no limit to windy words?
Or what plagues you that you answer?
4 “I too could speak like you,
If I were in your place.
I could compose words against you
And shake my head at you.
5 “I could strengthen you with my mouth,
And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.”  Job 16:1-5.

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In Job chapter 16, Job described his suffering and attributed the cause of his suffering as being God.

“Although there is no violence in my hands,
And my prayer is pure.”  Verse 17.

But, Job was not rebellious nor resentful against God.

Job also stated that his friends do not comfort him: “Sorry comforters are you all.”  Verse 2.  Instead, his friends composed words against Job and shaked their heads at Job.

But, Job concluded that if their positions were switched:  “I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.”

Even though Job did what was right, Job patiently endured his suffering.  Job also patiently endured when his friends added “insult to injury”.  Job even considered how he could comfort his friends if their positions were switched.

Job and Christ are examples for us.

“For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience?  But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;  and while being reviled, He did not revile in return;  while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness;  for by His wounds you were healed.  For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”  1 Peter 2:20-25.

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