Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Job (Bible in 90 Days)

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Job is a hard book to read, but it is also very insightful. It is all about pain and suffering, even to good people. Job, a man of God, provides a blueprint of how to act when things aren’t going well—to keep our faith in God no matter how we are tested. 

The book of Job is one of the rare instances where the fourth wall is removed and we see a glimpse of a conversation between Satan and God (Job 1: 6-12).

Satan challenges that Job, a faithful servant of God, is only loyal to God because he is in good fortune. God rebukes Satan saying that even with no family, riches or good health, Job would still keep complete integrity. In the end, Job proved God right.

God allowed Satan to strike Job’s possessions, children, livestock, servants and wealth. When that didn’t work, Satan was also given permission to harm Job physically as long as it wasn’t lethal. Through all the hardships Job did not blame God and remained faithful. 

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Job had a sturdy foundation. Despite losing his children, possessions and health, he was still able to say God is enough. Even when others rebuked Job and told him to turn back to God, he refused because he was right with God and he knew it. It takes an amazing amount of faith and trust to live that way. It is a great lesson to all of us on how to act to please the Lord.

The book of Job shows the meaning of true faith of God’s love and also God’s sovereignty. We also learn that the answer to why righteous people suffer is to see how you respond and to prove to the Devil that God is enough.

At the end of the story, Job proved his faithfulness and God restored him and gave him even more than he previously had. I don’t ask for suffering, but I would love the Lord to say this about me:

“Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.” Job 2:3

I really enjoy the book of Job. There is a lot to learn from it on many levels. I did an in depth study a few years ago. Perhaps after this endeavor is completed I will revisit Job.

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