In Job 31, Job lists every sin he has not committed to try to prove to God that he is not worthy of the affliction he’s enduring. He says that if he has committed such a sin, “Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown” (Job 31:36).
It never ceases to amaze me, the common themes and prophecies throughout the Bible. This seems to be a foreshadowing to the affliction Jesus would endure, the cross he carried on his shoulder and the thorns he wore as his crown.
Like Job, we’re so quick to complain to God that we’ve done nothing so terrible that deserves hardship. Jesus on the other hand willingly suffered torture for our sake, though he truly was sinless—much more sinless than even we claim to be. The Book of Job teaches us that the trials we go through aren’t necessarily God’s punishment for our sins, but they’re a chance to renew and strengthen our faith. We are more fortunate than Job, because we know God’s faithfulness even more after He sent His son to die for our sins.
When we find ourselves complaining, let’s take a step back to appreciate what an incredible blessing Christ was, as the one who took away our eternity of hardship. And let’s take a look at how Jesus handled hardship. This should be part of our desire to become more Christ-like.