Job is Broken (Job #14)

Text: Job 31

Job’s personal character

  • If… Notice the 20 “if”s
  • Job is so diligent in taking care of his soul, God said he was a perfect man who feared God and eschewed evil.  He wasn’t sinless, but when God compared men with men, Job was a man God could count on.

Job is finally broken

  • All men have their breaking point. No one would blame Job for being broken at this point. And anyone who would blame Job would never have made it as long as Job before they accused God.
  • God’s reputation was Job’s concern before, during, and after the trial.
    • Watch carefully! Satan brings into question God’s righteousness in Job 1:11, 2:4-5
      • 1:5 Job is concerned his kids accidentally cursed God.
      • 1:22 Job still doesn’t curse God
      • Job’s wife questions God’s judgment in 2:9
    • Satan was allowed to destroy Job’s life. And in the catastrophic mess, three of Job’s friends show up who are so horrified by what they see, the only thing they can think is that Job must have done something wrong. So they accuse, accuse, accuse, and Job finally snaps.
    • Job justifies himself rather than justifying God.
  • Job 31:35-37
    • Needs God to hear him.
    • Needs God to answer.
    • Dares the adversary to write down any indictments against him.
    • Says he would boldly approach his adversary because he is innocent in this.
  • Psalm 39:5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.


  • Even the best of men are broken by the prince of this world, the devil.
  • John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.