“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained from and shunned evil [because it was wrong].” Job 1:1
I'm not Job. You won't find anyone who'll testify that I'm blamelss and upright. Job was an incredible man of God. He wasn't perfect [without sin], but was perfect in his faithfullness and his commitment to be a righteous man of God. When Job is discussed not many want to be like him for fear of having to endure the same testing. I think we've missed an underlying message in Job.
Job 1:8, “And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who [reverently] fears God and abstains from and shuns evil [because it is wrong]?”
As a believer it's sure that trials will come, strength doesn't come without them. There's much to learn about ourselves and who God is, that only testing can reveal. But, consider what God was really saying to Satan, “Have you considered Job [he has My full confidence], that there is none like him on the earth. [this is one man who'll black your eye]” I'm not like Job, but I want to be. I want the Lord to be so confident in my faithfullness to Him that He knows I can black the eye of Satan in my trials and tests. Satan's so cockey he's sure he can destroy us by touching all we have with his plagues.
Job 1:11, “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face.”
I want to be able to say to Satan and his feeble ploys, “Seriously? I will never curse my God and I will never give up.”
Be strong, don't give up. There's too much at stake.
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