Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Job

Job 1:1 In the land of Uz, there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job was

blameless - innocent, without guilt, no one would find anything hidden in his past

upright - moral, honorable, righteous, a person of integrity

he feared God - he held God in highest honor, esteem, awe, reverence, respect

he shunned evil - he avoided sin

Yet he lost everything but his life

oxen/donkeys carried off by others (enemies), stolen, servants killed (Job 1:13-16)

sheep/servants burnt by fire from sky (Job 1:16)

camels stolen/servants killed by raiding parties (Job 1:17)

all 10 children killed by mighty wind knocking house down (Job 1:18-20)

Events happened by man and nature

bad things will happen to good people

good things will happen to bad people.

Its how we deal with the bad things that defines us.

Do we wallow in self pity?

Do we curse God?

Do we lose hope?

Do we give up?

Do we blame ourselves or others?

Job praised God (Job 1:21).  He got that.  It just wasn't all about getting the the good things and praising God for that, but also praising God when disaster and calamity hit.

That didn't mean that he didn't hurt.

That didn't mean he didn't cry.

That didn't mean he didn't wonder why.

But he would not curse God.

He would not blame God.

He continued to hold him in highest esteem.

I need to do the same.

Praise God - no matter what is going on around me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

1 comment:

  1. Only God knows how I'd handle the tidal wave that hit Job. God help me beyond my comfort level.

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