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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Job – Yet I Will Trust in Him

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As mortals in a fallen world, we are subject to all manner of trials and hardships. Often this is simply the nature of living in a troubled place during a troubled time. No matter our hardships, Christ lives! Because of Him, all redemption is possible. Through Him, all our tears are wiped away, all our regrets reversed, all our sorrows forgotten. Our Come Follow Me family home evening lessons each week help you teach your family important gospel principles. This FHE lesson includes three different plans.

Artwork by Joseph Brickey

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Scripture

Job 19:25

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

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Hymn

I Know That My Redeemer Lives | Hymn #136 | Tabernacle Choir Version

1. I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

2. He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

3. He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.

4. He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: Job was a very good and righteous man. He had received many blessings including a wonderful family, great wealth, strong health, and good friends.

Ask: Do only good things happen to you if you’re righteous? Do bad things happen to good people, too? Why? If bad things happen to us, does that mean Heavenly Father is angry with us or doesn’t love us anymore? Why does He let bad things happen to good people?

Discuss with the children how we live in an imperfect world and that means that bad things happen sometimes. What does God want us to do when bad things happen? He still wants us to trust in Him and be faithful–even when we are experiencing hard things. If we stay faithful, He has many more blessings in store for us.

Video: Watch this example of how the Lord compensates the faithful when they remain faithful to Him.

Testify: Each of us will go through significant trials and heartaches in our lives. When we trust the Lord is nearby and mindful of us, we can have courage to endure. Enduring faith in Him will give us the confidence to know that one day, through Him, all trials will end and we will have joy.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Job was a good man. Job 1:1 describes him as a man who “was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”

He was also a very blessed man. He had a wonderful family, substantial wealth, good physical health, and loyal friends.

Satan contended with God that Job was only so faithful to Him because he was so blessed. Satan claimed that if he stripped Job of his ample blessings that Job would not be so faithful or enduring.

Read: Job:1:6-11

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Quote: “The conversations between the Lord and Satan in the book of Job are presented in a poetic narrative that emphasizes Satan’s role as our adversary. In reality, the Lord has power over Satan and has no need to bargain with him.” – Old Testament Seminary Manual

Ask: If this conversation is narrative or symbolic, what might it be symbolic of?

[The Lord does allow Satan some power on the earth to allow there to be opposition in all things. We are tried through challenges so that our faith and conviction may be made stronger.]

Teach: After this, many of Job’s blessings were taken away. His wealth was lost, his children died, his health deteriorated, and his friends lost their admiration for him thinking he must have become unrighteous for such terrible things to start happening to him.

Ask: We know that bad things don’t happen to us just as a result of sin or unrighteousness. Why do we sometimes flip that and believe that only good things should happen to us if we are righteous?

In what ways would God’s plans be frustrated if we were swiftly and soundly punished for poor choices, or tremendously blessed each time we made a right choice? How would this affect the nature of faith?

Ask: Why does God let bad things happen to good people?

Testify: Even after Job was tried and all his blessings revoked, he knew and trusted God. He didn’t enjoy his trials, but he trusted God knew Him, had a plan for Him, and was still his redeemer. Job bore his testimony this way: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” (Job 19:25-26)

We, too, can remain faithful to the Lord, knowing His redemption and joy are coming, even if it is in the morning of the first resurrection. “The greater our sorrow is, the greater our capacity to feel joy.”

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: Job endured some unimaginable heartaches and trials. He was on top of the world when it all came crashing down. What makes him remarkable is that not matter how hard his life became, he trusted in the Lord and knew Christ’s redemption was sure.

Sometimes our own hardships can seem so great that it can be difficult to find the Lord. Joseph Smith said, “O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?” (D&C 121:1)

Job worded it this way.

Read: Job 23:8-11

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

Consider or Journal: Have you ever had times when you felt like you were looking for the Lord and His mercy and you could not find it? When you knew He could intervene, but you didn’t feel like was anyone to be found?

Why does the Lord allow us, sometimes, to feel alone in our trials? What growth in faith comes from this approach? Remember that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

How is it faith if we can always see Him and we can always hear Him?

Read: Job continues in faith despite not being able to see the Lord’s hand in the midst of his trials.

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

The growth that comes through time and trial is worth the sacrifices made to get there.

Poem: President Boyd K. Packer (formerly in the First Presidency) wrote this poem about the trials of aging, but how worth every sacrifice it has been to come to know the Savior.

Consider: Just as Job, each of us must be willing to face trials in faith that we may return to the Lord “at the end of [our] life’s story.”

 

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Job’s trials would have been easier to endure if his friends had shown their support of him instead of their judgment of him.Think of a family member or friend who is going through a trial right now and write them an encouraging card or note (or draw a nice picture) to let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them. Loving others through their trials helps their burdens be just a little lighter.

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Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Becca loves audiobooks, dark chocolate, singing, hiking, walking,  going out with her husband, and raising their chickens and children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see flowing lava and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.

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