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December 27, 2018

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 1 (ESV)

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.....Continue Reading

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  1. Job 1:1 (ESV)
     There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
    Job 1:21-22 (ESV)
    21  And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” 22  In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

    Satan’s accusation has an element of truth about the heart of humanity. When in times of prosperity it seems easier to worship God. But when the flames of adversity burn the mind and soul of the believer it is then the integrity of worship is refined. In the cauldron of suffering we have a tendency to cry out ‘WHY’ but as is in the case of Job, God never answers why. Rather the focus is more on the where are we in trials of suffering. Are we focused on a sovereign God whose majesty surpasses all things?

    Job’s response reflects the genuine faith in the living God who gave and has taken away.

  2. Suffering certainly says more about our faith than prosperity. It is similar to what Jesus says that it is not praise worthy to love people who love you. Loving your enemies reveals a source of love beyond human love. In the same way trials truly show just what we believe about God…is He really in control, does He really love me, is He able to solve the problem that overwhelms me? Our hearts and our attitudes will reveal how much we trust. Is there peace there? Am I easily angered or frustrated? Am I resorting to default sinful thoughts or behaviors to help me through? Or am I trusting God and relying on Him.

    What is neat about Job is he simply reveals at the end of the chapter what was said about him at the beginning. He was God fearing and God honoring. He didn’t take things for granted but saw all things coming from the hand of God and He honored God in the midst of it..even offering sacrifices for the sake of his kids ( I would love to have a conversation about your thoughts on that and share mine as well…). And so his awesome response at the end is the thing that showed it was real. And in some ways, it is only in the midst of trials that we can know that ourselves. So what happens to us when the rubber meats the road?

  3. 21And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

  4. Then Job… fell on the ground and worshiped !!!

    20Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
    22In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

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