Job 1:22, KJV
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
A Most Beleaguered Man
Job was a perfect and upright man, fully righteous. Even God Himself said so, and to the devil no less.
If you think however that no evil will befall a righteous saint of God, than you would be wrong.
Within the span of a few hours, Job lost everything. He lost his children, his wealth and his properties. He lamented and grieved. But just when he thought that nothing else could go wrong, he lost his health. Only his wife remained, although possibly his marriage was at that point, on the rock.
Job 2:10, KJV
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Now, I have heard countless times many Christians lamenting, “Why did this happen to me? Why did God let this happen to me? Why is God so cruel to me? What did I do wrong?”
A believer once lamented, “Why did this happened? I did everything right, to be faithful and obedient. I prayed and worshiped. Surely I did everything I knew of as a child of God. And yet this happened to me. Why?”
When a child of God started asking “Why?”, they tried to find a reason for it. Usually, they either think that they are to blame, or God is.
It is true and Scriptural that sometimes evil befalls us because we are disobedient to God’s Will and Commands. Also, I believe that God does not ever visit evil upon people, even sinners. He gives out judgement and punishment, as is His right as God and Creator, and there is a difference.
But these are points for another day. What we are looking at here is a specific message contained within the life of Job, a most beleaguered man at this point.
Now, Job didn’t so much as said it directly, but even he implied that God hand out evil as well as good. Even a righteous man forever needs wisdom. You would understand if you were to read the whole Book of Job and the things he lamented in his grief. Does this mean that he blamed God? We’ll get to that in a minute.
We can say though that Job was ignorant to the fact that there is a deadly foe lurking behind everything which had happened to him.
Which begs the question, at which point do we assign blame where blame is deserved? In Job’s case, that blame belonged to the devil.
Let me say it again, the devil was at fault. The whole point of this was to torment, tempt and persecute Job.
John 10:10, KJV
“The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…”
What was the end-game? As with all things that the devil does, it was to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ Job. It would be the ultimate victory for the devil if Job were to curse God and turn his back on Him. He would have won Job’s soul. Wasn’t that the whole point of everything the devil did? Isn’t it still is?
Faithful To The End
When Job implied to his wife that God give out evil as well as good, did this mean that he blamed God for his tragedies?
No, I don’t believe so. I believe that he was totally subjugated to God to the point that he assigned everything to Him as far as his whole life was concerned, both the good and the bad.
So he thought that God not only make the good in his life, but the bad as well. As I said, a point for another day.
However, no matter how much he grieved, how huge his loss, or how lonely he felt, feeling abandoned and cursed, Job’s faith remained the same.
Job never blamed God. He did not assigned blame at His Feet. He cursed himself, he wished he was never born, and even felt sorry for himself. At some point, he made himself out to be a saint who didn’t deserve what happened to him. Not that I for one could blame him such lamentations. He was after all, perfect and upright. If I didn’t know of the devil and his machinations, I too would ask, “Why did these things happen to Job?”
But Job never sinned. He didn’t turn his back on God and he didn’t curse out God nor ran away in a (some would say well-deserved) righteous fury. Job did not blame God.
In the end, after a long discourse between Job and his friends, God finally had His say. With God’s intervention and further acknowledging Job’s faithfulness and uprightness even after everything, Job was healed in every way.
God blessed him double-fold, which is to say that he received back twice what he had lost.
The last chapter of Job was perfect in every way. If we do not understand how God operates, we would still whine and complain about a dozen and more things. But it was a perfect ending to a perfect man’s life.
What is the message? It is Faithfulness to God to the end.
Oh, and the devil didn’t win. He threw everything at Job, and he still lost. He could steal, kill and destroy everything in Job’s life, except his soul, because only Job could give that away.
Be faithful, dear ones. Your life may be hard right now, but don’t let the devil win. Trust that the Just God will be with you to the end.
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