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Faith Filled Friday: Job’s Loyalty

March 22, 2019

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1

The book of Job begins by telling us that Job was perfect and upright, that he feared God, and shunned evil. His wealth is listed: 7 sons and 3 daughters, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 she asses, and a very great household. Job was the greatest of all the men of the East.
One day the sons of God presented themselves before the Lord, and Satan came along with them. The Lord asked Satan where he had been. Satan answered that he had been going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it.
The Lord asked him what he thought of Job, “that there is none like him in the earth.”
Satan said, “Why shouldn’t he love you. You have given him great wealth, and made a hedge about him, but if you take away everything he has, he will curse thee to thy face.”
The Lord gave Satan permission to do what he wanted to Job, but commanded that he not harm Job himself.”
Satan did his best. First, the Sabeans came. They slew the servants and stole the oxen and asses. Before that servant finished, another servant arrived with news that the ‘fire of God’ fell from heaven, and burned up the sheep and servants. That “fire” may have been lightning, but it sounds like they blamed God.
While he was still speaking, another servant arrived bringing news that the Chaldeans took the camels and killed the servants. Before he finished another servant arrived to inform Job that a great wind blew down his oldest son’s house where all of his sons and daughters were gathered. Everyone was killed.
Job goes from having a large family, servants, and vast wealth to having practically nothing. After all his losses, what did Job do? Job 1:20 tells us that he arose, tore his mantle, shaved his head then fell down upon the ground and worshiped God.
Satan was not ready to give up. He went with the Sons of God to present himself before the Lord again. This time Satan was permitted to attack Job’s person. He gave him sore boils from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. Job followed the recommended treatment of the day – scrape off the dead skin and sit on ashes, the only thing soft enough to ease some of his pain.
His wife encouraged him to curse God and die. Through it all Job wished he had never been born, but he never cursed God. He had three friends who visited and were not very encouraging. He still refused to curse God.
After it was all over, God blessed Job. Family and friends gave him a piece of money and a gold earring. The footnote (42:11) in my Bible explains that those were customary gifts given when visiting an important person after a calamity.
God gave Job twice as many animals as he had originally owned but only the same number of children. The footnote (42:12-13) explains that was because Job would see the ten who died in the resurrection.
We all go through trials and usually wonder why. Try to keep Job in mind, and remember that God loves all his children.

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