Job has had some serious problems and suffering in his life. He has lost his children, wealth, possessions, and even his health. That is some serious overload to take all at once, but never the less God allows it to happen to Job. Then Job has 3 “friends” show up and “comfort” him by challenging his thinking and life. Job’s friends tell him he is a sinner and must have done some serious sin in order for God to “do” this to him. Then Job’s wife shows up and tells him to curse God and die. Wow, talk about more serious overload on a person. If I was Job, I would have cracked under all this pressure and either gone insane with rage or died of depression and sickness of heart. But Job does not. Job is still steadfast in the fact he is a righteous man. Job still has laser focus on his view of God. And Job has not given up yet on his life or “reaching” his friends. Even in the reading today we read of Bildad and Job’s response and faith in life still.
So the question this is asking then is why is Job not experiencing an overload in his ability to handle the situation? Why has Job not just given up and died? Why is Job still interacting with his friends and focused on God? The answer to these questions are easy but the application is hard. The answer to the questions is, the grace of God. God in His grace has provided Job what He needs to handle this situation. God’s grace has come on Job in such a way that Job can bear the burden. Yes Job is in some serious question time. But by the grace of God, Job is not overwhelmed into a lost state.
We experience the grace of God the same today in our lives. God has given us enough grace to handle any situation that happens to us. We do not have to become angry or hopeless. We can know that God and His grace will carry us through the situation. The question and application then is, are we willing to rest and look to that grace of God for the help we need?