Saturday, December 9, 2023

Job of FAITH

 

2 Corinthians 9:8

King James Version

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; 

that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, 

may abound to every good work:


We have a job to do.

Especially in these chaotic times.

Where nothing seems to make sense.

Where suffering never seems to end.

We have work to do, that we may all survive.

We need FAITH.

To have a job of faith, we look to the FAITH of Job.

Here's the remarkable story of Job in the Bible.


GOD, being CREATOR of ALL, knows everything.

He knows how restless Satan is.

Job 1:6-7

King James Version

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God 

came to present themselves before the Lord, 

and Satan came also among them.

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, 

Whence comest thou? 

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, 

From going to and fro in the earth, 

and from walking up and down in it.


But GOD also knows of one faithful servant.

Job 1:8

King James Version

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, 

Hast thou considered my servant Job, 

that there is none like him in the earth, 

a perfect and an upright man, 

one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?


Satan knows the hedge of protection GOD has upon Job.

Job 1:9-10

King James Version

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, 

Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, 

and about his house, 

and about all that he hath on every side? 

thou hast blessed the work of his hands, 

and his substance is increased in the land.


The merciless one mocks Job's devotion to the LORD.

Job 1:11

King James Version

11 But put forth thine hand now, 

and touch all that he hath, 

and he will curse thee to thy face.


GOD allows Satan to do what he's good at, under ONE condition.

Job 1:12

King James Version

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, 

Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; 

only upon himself put not forth thine hand. 

So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.


As you can well imagine, given free rein, Satan performed thoroughly.

He took away everything from Job.

The Sabeans slew his servants.

Fire consumed his sheep, and other servants.

The Chaldeans took his camels, and slew his other servants.

A great wind made the house fall upon his sons, as they dined.

Satan smote Job with "sore boils", from head to foot.


How did Job react, and respond, to all these sorrow?

When he lost his servants, sheep, camels, and sons, this is what Job did:

Job 1:20-22

King James Version

20 Then Job arose, 

and rent his mantle, 

and shaved his head, 

and fell down upon the ground, 

and worshipped,

21 And said, 

Naked came I out of my mother's womb, 

and naked shall I return thither: 

the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; 

blessed be the name of the Lord.

22 In all this Job sinned not, 

nor charged God foolishly.


Job's integrity was tested.

But this he had to say:

Job 31:6

King James Version

6 Let me be weighed in an even balance 

that God may know mine integrity.


That very integrity was questioned by his own wife:

Job 2:9-10

King James Version

9 Then said his wife unto him, 

Dost thou still retain thine integrity? 

curse God, and die.


To which he replied:

Job 2:10

King James Version

10 But he said unto her, 

Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. 

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, 

and shall we not receive evil? 

In all this did not Job sin with his lips.


What an astounding ACT of FAITH!

He passed the test of faith, and integrity.

It was a test, for GOD allowed Satan to plague Job.

But Job's faith in GOD would simply not be undone.

For this, GOD rewarded him greatly.

Job 42:10

King James Version

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, 

when he prayed for his friends: 

also the Lord gave Job twice as much 

as he had before.


Job 42:12

King James Version

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job 

more than his beginning: 

for he had fourteen thousand sheep, 

and six thousand camels, 

and a thousand yoke of oxen, 

and a thousand she asses.


Job 42:13

King James Version

13 He had also seven sons 

and three daughters.


Job 42:15

King James Version

15 And in all the land were no women 

found so fair as the daughters of Job: 

and their father gave them inheritance 

among their brethren.


Job 42:16-17

King James Version

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, 

and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, 

even four generations.

17 So Job died, 

being old and full of days.


Surely, Job also received what JESUS promised:

Matthew 5:8

King James Version

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: 

for they shall see God.


This story shows that GOD has POWER over EVERYTHING.

That GOD loves His faithful.

Why would we ever doubt it?

May we put our faith in Him alone.

For we shall need it.

In these very dark days.


P.S.

This article also marks our 400th article for this blog.

I am grateful to GOD, for making me born again 51 months ago.

Without which, I wouldn't have the capacity to write as I do.

All because of GOD's love, and SPIRIT's ministry.

The journey's been worth it.


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