Thursday, November 19, 2015

Job

Have you heard the saying, " They have the patience of Job." Many people may know where that comes from but to the ones who don't, Job was a man in the Old Testament. He had everything. He had a large family, great health, wealth, and every blessing that anyone would ever need. Satan didn't like it. Satan told God, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.  But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face” (Job 1:9-11).

God accepted the challenge from Satan. God knew that Job was a righteous man and that he wasn't just a follower of him because he was blessed. Before he knew it, Job lost everything. He lost his family, wealth; he simply lost everything.

Here we can plainly see Job’s reaction:  he worshiped God, he said that he came into this world with nothing and will return with nothing, the Lord has taken away all he had except his wife – and his wife told him to “curse God and die” – and Job also blessed the name of the Lord.  In all of this, “Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong!”   He blessed God’s name, he worshiped God, and he did not sin.  Satan must have been angry at Job’s response.  Job suffered unjustly and yet he did not blame God or say, “why me?”

Job is an amazing example of how we all should be during our trials in life.  I believe that our trials and tribulations only make us stronger if we allow them to. However, it takes a believer and someone that has faith to turn their trials into triumphs. There is not one week that goes by that I don't think about Job and how he conducted himself during his trials in life. What an amazing example that is provided for us to follow. When I have my times of getting down, I think of Job and I am immediately ok! Job is one of my heroes of the Bible! He is a true example of how people should live. He didn't blame anyone for his trials. Not one person! Not even God. What an amazing man he was. He simply grabbed the bull by the horns and lived his life to the fullest during his trials. Wow! What an amazing example!!!

Just think what kind of a world we could live in if everyone had the patience of Job!

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