Job was a blameless man full of integrity. He feared the Lord and steered from evil. He had seven sons ad three daughters and was the richest man in his area. He was a good father, offering sacrifices and prayers to the Lord on behalf of his children. (Job 1:1-5) The enemy knew all of this, and so did God.
"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.' " ~ Job 1:8
Satan blamed Job's integrity on the bountiful blessings that God had bestowed upon him, but God knew Job's heart. He allowed the enemy to test Job, with one condition: he could not harm Job physically. Satan wasted no time and stripped Job of all his blessings. He lost all of his wealth, livestock and each of his children. He was left with nothing but his wife and life. (Job 1:9-19)
Can you imagine what that would be like? To lose everything that meant something to you within seconds of each other. How would you respond? What would your reaction be after the initial shock, denial and disbelief? Take a moment to think this through. What would you do? What would be your first words? Who would you blame?
I can't imagine the depth of the sorrow that Job felt, and honestly, I pray that I never do, but ....when trials, suffering and pain do present themselves in my life, I can only hope that I will respond like Job.
"Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, 'I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!' In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. ~ Job 1:20-22
Job is a hard book to read. I'm praying that God reveals Himself to us through this book in mighty ways. May we see God's grace and mercy through the sorrow of Job's journey.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.