“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped…” -Job 1:20
Today, I have decided to write a post on Job 1, a passage about a man, whose name was Job. Now, this guy sure went through a lot of hard times, but he never gave up, hated God, or sinned in his sadness. After reading this chapter at first, I was thinking, “What? Are you serious? All that and you’re not a little angry?” I didn’t believe it at first, but then I saw how great an opportunity this was to share with y’all what I learned from this.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred [female donkeys] , and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” – Job 1:1-3
Ok, let me be the first to tell you: this guy was stinking rich. He had 10 kids, 11,000 animals, and “a very great household.” But, you know how he got it all? Verse 1 tells us, “…that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (By the way, I learned a new word today: eschewed. It means ‘abstaining from.’) This guy honored God so much that God gave back to him so much that he was the wealthiest of wealthies (Is that a word?).
“And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” – Job 1:4-6
Verse 4 says a lot about the character of the children of Job. It’s questionable why they acted like this, but they shouldn’t have done it in the first place, as we find out later. However, Job tries to make peace with God on their behalf by sacrificing burnt offerings for them. Verse 6 says that angels once came to present themselves before God, but Satan went with them. When I read this, I was confused as to why God would let Satan enter into His kingdom, but the answer is obvious: God says to love our enemies, and He did just that.
So, as the chapter goes on, Satan asks God about Job, that he could kill him. God says that, no, you can’t kill him, but you can destroy all that he has and he will still obey me and not sin. God was basically saying,”Try me.” I love when He does that, because He always wins!
“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the @#!*% feeding beside them:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” – Job 1:13-19.
Talk about horror. Talk about from riches to rags. Talk about sadness, grief, anger. Oh, wait. Read this:
“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 1:20-22
You see, Job got it! He knew that no matter what happened, God was always there right beside him. He knew that God allowed those things to happen. He knew that God didn’t want to do it, but had to, because some day, there will be people like you and me reading this, and thinking, “I want to be more like Job. I want to, no matter what, always praise and worship God. The One who was, is, and is to come. The One who is putting me through this trial in my life, and will put me through one.”
Remember, there are people watching you, but the most important of them all is God. Will you honor Him and make Him proud, so that he can say to the devil about you, “Try me. He or she will still glorify me. No matter what.”
What is your view on Job? How can you live it out during the week? Please send us your comments.