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Types of Trauma: The Job Experience

Hello everyone, and welcome to part two of the trauma series. Let’s continue:


As previously defined in the first part, trauma is defined by Google to be a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience”. If you were to take in this definition, it will automatically come to you that many experiences can cause, and even be classified as, traumatic experiences. When observing many occurrences in the Bible, we can see this statement as true, and as an example, we will use the story of Job to visualize this.


Before looking into Job’s story, there are three umbrella categories of trauma and traumatic situations that I want to define. These categories are “Acute”, in which trauma is caused when certain, impactful incidents occur randomly; “Chronic”, in which a certain trauma-causing situation happens for prolonged periods and repetitive patterns; and “Complex”, in which the person experiencing trauma has been exposed to multiple and varied traumatic events.


The story of Job reaches into all three of these categories. Job was a man that was devoted to God before the many situations he faced occurred, and was recognized by God as such. Even during and after these occurrences, he still was devoted to and trusted in God, even when everyone around him questioned his actions of continued devotion.


The verses of Job 1:13-19 (NIV) details the first situations that Job had faced:


13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”


Here, we see that Job was faced with situation after situation, with no breaks, and no time to process. Even after all this, it is seen in the verses of Job 2:4-8 (NIV) that Job faces another unfortunate event:


4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.


With the consistency of the traumatic situations Job faced, his trauma can be classified as chronic, and also complex due to facing a lot of varying and troubling circumstances. His trauma is also seen as acute, except that the impactful situations he faces are not random, but are planned attacks on his life and his faith.


Another set of verses, Job 1:9-12 (NIV), as seen below, and Job 2:4-6, as seen above, can explain more on this situation:


9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.


The devil targeted Job as a way to find a weakening point in Job that will move him away from God, but one key point in Job’s story is that even though the devil brought on these circumstances to Job, GOD ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN, and the other, multiple instances that Job faced within his chapter of the Bible!


Although we may face unfortunate scenarios, as Job did, God is in control, no matter how the situation may seem. He has the power to dictate what happens in our lives, and He knows what we can handle! In the end, the things we go through will not destroy us, for God takes care of the righteous, as seen with Job and how God stated that Job can be tested, but not to the point of death. Certain situations happen within our lives for a reason, and life may come with many unplanned situations on our end, but may our faith in Him still stand strong as Job, and may His Will and plan for our lives be done!


Although the end to our suffering within our trauma is a time that we seek out more than ever, these things have to happen, for these occurrences all take place for a purpose. The “now” may be painful, but He has equipped us with the things necessary to face our trauma, and whenever things get too difficult, we have Him to call on! We are not alone in our circumstances, and He is our strength that gets us through!


Next week, we will discuss more about how to deal with these traumatic situations in life, and later on the purposes for our trauma, so stay tuned to this Trauma Series and be blessed!



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