Job 1:21 NKJV — And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job was a righteous man, who had a profound perspective.
Job 2:10 NKJV — But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Both these recorded words, as well as his actions, shows the truth he had built his faith upon:
God is Sovereign.
He deserves all our worship.
It’s been said, that the character of a person is revealed when they are “squeezed” by life’s circumstances.
Job’s character is clear:
Job 1:8 NKJV — Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
God knew his integrity from the beginning and after this extreme trial, He reveals Himself to Job in a way He’d not done before.
Job 42:1-3 NKJV — Then Job answered the LORD and said:“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
Because Job held fast to his integrity, he came through the trial with a far greater understanding of God Almighty.
Job 42:4-6 NKJV — Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
He also had a better understanding of himself.
Would Job’s incredible journey be yours or mine if we were put to the test this way?
Would we hold fast to the truths Job did and find a clearer understanding of both God and ourselves?
Or would we fall prey to the sins of Job’s friends?
Determined in their beliefs that God never allows bad things to happen to “good” people, they accused Job of sin over and over, demanding him to confess and repent, without any evidence of wrong doing.
They jumped to a conclusion based upon their faulty understanding of God.
But God used this circumstance to teach both Job and his friends.
Job 42:7-9NKJV — And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. “Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.
“If God is good, why do bad things happen?”
Humanity has been asking this question for generations.
Sometimes, it is a consequence of sin.
Sometimes, it’s our faulty perspective, assuming something is “bad” when it’s actually a blessing.
Other times, it’s a test or trial, filled with opportunity from the Lord for understanding and growth.
Let us, each one, come before the Lord with humility and seek Him, asking that He reveal our hearts to us and instruct us in truth.
“Do I believe God is Sovereign?”
“Do I believe He is worthy of all praise?”
“Do I respond as Job, with humility and worship when facing loss?”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Job’s story and how much there is to glean from it. Lord Jesus, please help me to cling to Your truths, to be steadfast in my integrity before You. Lord, I want to walk as Job did. I want to be faithful through every circumstance. Lord, I want to seek You in all things, praising You continually with a thankful heart. Lord, I am weak and often I fail to give You the trust and worship You deserve. Please forgive me. Lord, I want to do better. Thank You for today, another opportunity to choose to walk with You. May my life reflect Your Word. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.