Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Job, Job. Do you know?


The struggles of Job from the Old Testament are legendary. He had been a man whose love for God shone brightly.  His obedience was absolute, without question.

So what happened? Satan asked God who, of all His people, was the most faithful and holy.  God showed this man, Job, to Satan.  He challenged God that Job would reject God. God allowed Satan to destroy Job's obedience, if such could be done.

Job, as a prosperous man with a large family, was reduced to nothing when all was taken from him.

His good friends visited him as he cowered by a fire. Job was covered with boils and ash, and about as miserable as a man could possibly be. His good friends recommended that Job curse God and die. 

But Job held fast, despite abandonment from friends and seemingly from God.  Job cried out to God and questioned His plan.  God replied this:


Job 38: 1-18

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!

Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footing set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

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 doors 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 show the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Have the gates of death been shown to you?

Have you see the gates of the depest darkness?

Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?

Tell me, if you know all this.


 What happened then?

Job remained true. All that he had lost--including his entire family, his wealth--could not be returned to him.  However, God renewed Job's losses with greater wealth, gifted him another wife and children. 

Mourning turned to sunlight, held back seas of agony, 
and settled Job down safely on the garment of God's creation.

What would I do? Would I stand the test? What would you do? Could you stand this test?  

I just don't know.

16 comments:

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    1. I am with you. Not knowing and feeling absolutely abandoned would tear me apart.

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  2. It's an interesting story. Is the lesson holding onto one's faith? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

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    1. No, I don't think it is a lesson on faith, but more a reminder of the power of God and what He had done.

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  3. Job believed. Its rewarding being a believer.

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  4. This is not the action of a kind or gentle God. Poor Job. Who was stronger than I am.

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    1. God has many names including gentle and kind, but he is also creator, judge, merciful, physician, etc. If God were only kind and gentle, much more evil would be allowed to enter this world.

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  5. Yeah, such a thing makes God a bit of a umm something not nice for allowing it to happen. Even if rewarded.

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    1. God also challenged Satan to try Job, but He trusted that Job would call out to him and remember that God rescues as well as testing. It isn't a matter of seeing God as a warm and fuzzy God, but recognizing God is all powerful.

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  6. I would huddle on the earth and cry like a baby; woe is me; what is to become of me; who will help me, probably until I could cry no longer. After that? I don't know. I like to think I would get up and try to find a way out of such a situation. Perhaps offer work in exchange for food and clothes at least.

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    1. I like to think that I would do something similar. But I also like to think that I would also wait on the Lord, trusting that He had a plan for my life.

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  7. The poetry of this section is exquisite. Its message applies to all. The length of this post was necessary to show the progression of Job's understanding. The character of God is often misunderstood; character defines all of us.

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  8. We might get a chance to have ourselves tested. Living through a tribulation sounds pretty tough. You've got to keep focused on those bigger things relating to eternity. The pain and persecution found on this Earth is worth enduring when you're trying to secure favor with God.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. That is so true. I wondered with the first comment that I would fail. But the more I thought about it, the more I reaLtized that I would cling to God and trust Him. That is the way it has always been in my past trials, and He has never failed me.

      Thanks you for such a profound comment.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!