My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:11:12 NKJV
God incited Satan against Job. He gave the devil permission to attack Job. God used Job to display His power and authority over heaven and earth. He used Job to show His sheep hear His voice and obey Him!
God’s is so powerful, His wisdom so unsearchable He can do a limitless number of works with one sovereign act. God can make us do something without violating our free will.
Job was a thoughtful and serious man. He left nothing to chance. He offered sacrifices for his children before they sinned. His motives were honorable. He wanted to walk uprightly before the Lord. He wanted to obey the commandments of God.
Job was self-reliant. He trusted in his ability to keep the law. He believed God would bless him if obeyed the Lord’s commands. Job argued the unfairness of his pain and suffering. He believed God was treating him unfairly since he had not sinned.
God called Job righteous and blameless. It was not because he never sinned. It is because his heart was right before the Lord. He feared God so much he gave the offering for sin on a regular basis. His desire to shun evil fostered an arrogant attitude!
Many of us want to live righteously today. We may try so hard we miss the point. We cannot be righteous in our own strength. We can only be righteous through faith in the one who never sinned, Jesus.
Many of us want to shun evil. We may begin to look down on people we perceive as sinners. We may start to believe we are better than them.
Job is a true hero of the faith. There was more than one reason God allowed him to suffer. He needed to be molded and shaped into the man God created him to be. It was the author and finisher of his faith who made him a hero.
Job was a much better man at the end of his trial than he was at the beginning of it.
I do not have the patience of Job. You probably do not either. We can have the type of faith Job had. Our faith needs to be in what Jesus has done, not we can do!
You will be a better disciple of Christ when your trials and hardships have ended. Trust the author and finisher of your faith to complete the work He is doing in your life!
Hold fast to Jesus’ steps. Keep His way and do not turn aside. He will lead you where you need to go!
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