Unbelievable Suffering

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So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. — Job 2:7-8

What's happened is that Job's has become entirely covered by boils. Boils are these painful, pus-filled blisters under the skin caused by infected hair follicles. Follicles get infected with bacteria, fill with pus, stretch the skin, rupture, and then scar over. A cluster of boils is called a "carbuncle." And Job was covered by one big carbuncle.

I think it is important not to diminish the pain and discomfort that Job endured. In fact, Job chronicles some details of this experience in the chapters that follow. Listen to how he describes it:

  • My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then breaks out afresh. (Job 7:5)
  • Then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions. (Job 7:14)
  • My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. (Job 19:17)
  • My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. (Job 19:20)
  • The night racks my bones, and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest. (Job 30:17)
  • With great force my garment is disfigured; it binds me about like the collar of my tunic. (Job 30:18)
  • My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat. (Job 30:30)

This wasn't normal suffering. This was extraordinary suffering!

But given all this, Job says this later in his chronicle.

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another. (Job 19:25-27)

I don't know if you have experienced this in your life yet. But sometimes, unbelievable suffering results in some of the most unbelievable praise.

So what are you praising God for today? Share that in the comments below. And as you praise, consider what God has brought you through that has resulted in this praise.

ASK THIS: What are you praising God for today? (Share this in the comments below).

DO THIS: Know your Redeemer lives.

PRAY THIS: God, challenges surround me. But show me and others that you are great then all of them. Redeem me, my Redeemer!

PLAY THIS: My Redeemer Lives.

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31 thoughts on “Unbelievable Suffering

  1. Cory B says:

    Sober 7+ years. I’m grateful my rock bottom wasn’t as low as it could’ve been. I’m grateful I didn’t hurt anyone else or kill anyone, including myself.

    Today, I was grateful to sit in traffic an additional 45 minutes because I got to watch my daughter set a new personal record at her track meet. So worth it!

  2. Dennis says:

    I praise God for my life. He has kept me alive through literally facing death. I praise God for the ministry that He has entrusted for me to over see and help others find healing through the hope that is in Christ Jesus.

  3. Daniel George Rushton says:

    I Praise God for letting me wake each day and loving me, even on the days I don’t deserve it. Thank you God.

  4. Tim E says:

    My arrest in 2002 for marijuana which led to recovery and a new life in Christ. Yesterday I received word I have my pardon hearing schefuled for June 11th. I know I have been foregiven by God but this will be pretty awesome as well

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    • Eddie Morales says:

      I praise to our loving God, even after a hardship I had been living after 3 wrong job lost, long unemployment throug two years losing almost everything after a digficult bankruptcy, my Lord is restoring me and following Job faithful example, trying to live close the Almighty and learning to trust in Him, blessing His Holy name every morning after wake up and thanking gratefully for a new day, my family and my current job, a gift from His Goodness.
      Praise to You my God and to my sweet Redemer 🙏🙏🙏

  5. Chad Heggestad says:

    I praise God for the healing that is underway in my marriage. I praise God for the healing that is underway in family relationships. I praise God for the physical healing of my neck pain, my shoulder pain, and the rash/hives on the tops of both hands. There is so much to be grateful for. Praise God!

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  6. Sam says:

    God, thank you for giving me life, for just my limited knowledge of you and for the amazing life you have allowed me to live and please Lord, let me do better.

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  7. Matt says:

    I got into drugs in college, and since that time my mind has been a whirlwind of fear, confusion, and just craziness. I also came down with schizophrenia, which is genetic. Since way back in ’95, my mind has been mixed up. It made me go to God b/c I needed healing, and the whole situation was bigger than me. I needed help. My medication keeps my mental illness in check for the most part, and to cut to the chase, God has really brought healing to my mind just this week. God is merciful. For many years I was angry at God even though it was my own bad choices that brought on my mental issues. God is so good. I want to praise Him now and forever b/c He is love, and He is everything that is good.

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  8. Roger E Porcelli says:

    I give God all glory and honor and praise for His mercy and unending faithfulness. He’s been there for me unconditionally and blessed my life abundantly since I’ve been home. Glory to the Lord !!!

  9. Troy Theye says:

    I PRAISE God daily with Thanksgiving for all the wonderful Blessings he pours out daily in my LIFE.

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  10. Walter says:

    I try to give God praise each and every day for the unbelievable blessings I have received throughout my life journey. Even when my prayers go unanswered.

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  11. GTT says:

    His faithfulness to me and His love for me to allow such a wonderful relationship to exist with me. Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

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  12. Taylor says:

    I praise God for cleaning my spirit and forgiving my previous addiction to porn! I praise him for showing me how to lean into him when times get tough and to love myself and my wife in deeper ways. He has showed me a way to realizing my demons and downfalls and how to over come them! What an incredible God we serve!

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  13. Paul Inscore says:

    It just seems like I can never hey ahead on paying my bills. Every time I make a little extra something comes along that is unexpected and takes it all away. I do tithe so I know tithing is not the answer. I would just like to feel like I have a little room to breathe. I do praise God He has provided enough for me to pay my bills.

    • GTT says:

      Paul I felt that way before in my life and thought I would be working two jobs all my life just break even. But God is good and gracious and I learned to put God first in my life and give Him my worries. It’s not about the money in tithing but it’s about putting God first. Hang in there and with prayer and petition you will succeed and then later in your life you can encourage another who’s going through what you’ve gone through. Blessings brother in Christ!

  14. Mark says:

    I’m praising God for a great marriage that has only gotten better with time after a very rocky start 11 years ago.

  15. Darren Bailey says:

    I am praising God this morning for a successful operation that I had two days ago to remove an adrenal gland along with its tumor. It had been causing me several issues and although I am still quite sore, I can certainly praise him through my light affliction.

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  16. Dave says:

    Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  17. Jeffrey says:

    I am praising God for saving me , forgiving me for my terrible sins, Loving me, accepting me and working in me. I praise God !

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