A Man Called Job

21st August

There was once a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless – a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.

Job 1:1

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Bad things always happen to good people’? Well, this could be said of the character in today’s story, Job. He was a good, righteous man. He pleased the Lord, feared Him and stayed away from evil. Not only that, but he was blessed with sheep, camels, oxen, donkeys and a big family. He was blessed beyond measure. Why wouldn’t anyone want to bless the Lord, when they have been so blessed themselves.

In fact, satan, uttered the same words before God. “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” (9b-11).

Sure enough, everything Job owned, his home, his children, his livestock and his land were completely destroyed. This was definitely a case of ‘bad things’ happening to a ‘good person’. Yet instead of cursing God for his misfortune, as satan expected, Job got down on his knees (fell to the ground in worship), and praised God for all His blessings, in plenty and without. Verse 22 tells us, that “JOB DID NOT SIN BY BLAMING GOD.”

Isn’t this such a wonderful encouragement for us. We may feel that we have been dealt a hard hand by God, that everything is going against us. We may have just lost everything just as Job did. Yet a Godly reaction to suffering, is to follow the example of Job; get on our knees and praise God! Of course it is not easy to do that but if we say that God is a good God, then that can’t change when our circumstances change. He is a good God, period! Always! Yes, cry out to Him in your need, but praise Him too, for all His blessings.

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