Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8
Job was a very unique man in God’s eyes. God said that there was no one on earth like him. Job was blameless and upright, a man who feared God, and shunned evil.
God was pleased with Job’s behavior.
This verse is the start of a discussion between God and Satan. Job is put in the spotlight.
Satan knows that Job is faithful and upright as long as his life is going well, and as long as God is protecting him, but what if he experiences hardship and troubles in life? Will he then curse God?
God gave Satan the power to harm all that belonged to Job, and to cause Job’s body to experience painful boils from his feet to his head. Job’s children, whom he loved dearly, all passed away in one day, his servants, sheep, camels, oxen, and asses were all taken away or killed that same day. In all this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. He realized that he came into this world with nothing and would return with nothing, and he blessed God.
Job was truly an admirable man.
Even Job’s friends were not an encouragement. They accused Job of sinning against God. They thought that must be why all these calamities befell him.
When bad things happen, when our friends fail us, when we are accused falsely, just like Job, we can know that God is righteous and just in all that He does. He is at work in our lives, and is with us always.
Deuteronomy 31:6 give us good advice in times like these:
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Job is a great example of a man who kept his faith in the most difficult of times.
I am not as righteous or as faithful as Job. I tend to let my emotions control the way I react to situations. Reading about Job’s life encourages me to be faithful, and try to remember that God sees, God knows, God will respond, God sometimes allows Satan power over our lives, but is in full control of the situation.
What I need to do is praise God, bless God, be faithful in suffering, knowing that it will not last forever. When I fail, then I need to confess my sins, and He is just and faithful, and will forgive me, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
Dear Lord, thank you for the story of Job. It is such a reminder that You are in control, that You allow things to happen for Your good purpose. I bless You and praise You, and ask for Your forgiveness for failing at times to see Your sovereignty in every situation. Blessed be Your name! Amen.