Job was a blameless and upright man, who feared God and shunned evil. (Job 1) And then the test came. Ever feel like that? You’re trudging along and everything is just fine…when, all of a sudden, life smacks you in the face and you find yourself in the midst of a test! A raging test. And that’s where we find Job. He had wealth, a great family, friends…He had everything a man could want. And the devil took notice of God’s servant.
God gave the devil permission to test Job and strike everything he had, but not his very life. Boils covered Job’s body and his wife offered the brilliant idea to curse God and die. “Go ahead, give up”, she suggested. How’s that for a “help mete” or an encourager? Fortunately, Job had greater wisdom than to do that or the book of Job would have ended there and we wouldn’t have the richness of his dialogue with the Creator of the Universe!
Job suffers tremendous loss and we pick up the story in chapter 38 when God replies to Job’s careless comments:
“Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?” ~ Job 38:25-30
I love the conversation between God and Job contained in chapters 38-42! I strongly encourage you to read the book of Job as it highlights the character of God and builds our faith in the process. People tend to think of “Poor Job” and perhaps shy away from reading the book altogether, but it really is worth delving into.
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its door and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown the dawn its place?” ~ Job 38:8-11
Job 42:10 says that after Job prayed for his friends, the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before. Verse 12 says that God blessed the “Latter part of Job’s life more than the first.”
Lessons from Job:
- Everyone goes through storms in life.
- It matters who your friends are and the message they speak into your life.
- It matters who you marry.
- Build your faith up in the good times, for it will be called upon in the difficult ones.
- Remain humble before God. He will honor you in due time.
- Don’t put God in a tiny, mental box according to our human standards. God is so much more Majestic, Awesome, Huge, Powerful, Glorious, Grand and Breathtaking than our finite, little minds can fathom! (The English language is completely and utterly deficit in descriptive words to even attempt to portray the attributes of the All Mighty God.)
- God will bring you through every test & trial and you will be stronger and blessed because of the experience.
- The rain has a father.
I’d like to challenge you to read the book of Job during the coming days. It is truly fascinating and I know that you will glean something from it! Who is with me?