42 Chapters Was How Long?

How long does Job fight his battle in those 42 chapters of the book that bears his name?

When you read it, it seems like forever.
Sometimes when you read the Bible, there could be a decade between chapters.
Not here in Job… It will surprise you.

I have been reading Gilchrist Lawson’s “Marked Reference Bible”. He puts the dates of the chapters at the top of the page so the reader can grasp a timeline of the events. When you read in his bible Job 1 , it says 1520 BC, and then when you fast forward to Job 42 it still says 1520.

The time frame of Job’s suffering was one year

The year of suffering is not only agreed by some other commentaries but some of the verses in Job mentions time frames that are not in years. The book of Job itself mentions “days” and “months” of suffering, implying that the sickness extended at least several months’ time.

Job 7:3 So I have been allotted months of futility, And wearisome nights have been appointed to me.

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

Job 30:16 And now my soul is poured out because of my plight; The days of affliction take hold of me.

Job 30:27 My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest; Days of affliction confront me.

Whatever the time frame… it was intense but it was worth it! Job received more at the end than he had at the beginning.
That is what happens when you successfully, with God’s help, navigate through tough battle seasons.

The other thing to remember is there is a time limit…. For Job it was one year…. No one knows for sure how long yours will be.

I Peter 1 says:
6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

I love the phrase “little while”….but we don’t know how long “little while” is but we do know “little while” does not mean “forever”

So whatever you are going through today….


The latter is always greater than the former.

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