Job is literally one of the most breathtaking books of the bible. The true testimony that it is to each of us is immeasurable. There is no doubt in my mind, that Job was one of the most blessed of man in the entire history of this world.
And, not because of the valuables that God blessed him with, but because of the trials he went through.
I've seen some Job bible study posts before - but here are my thoughts on the subject.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. (1:1)We all know of how satan had to ask permission from God to do harm to Job, just so he could prove that His servants would curse Him once blessings were taken away. God approved this, knowing Job's heart.
If I could, I would literally type up chapters 38-42 for you to read because oh my goodness gracious, God literally blew Job out of the water - AND MY BRAIN - with His reply to Job's complaints (but he never cursed God! Just the day of his birth, etc lol)
Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer Me. (38:3)
There is so much truth in those first words like woah. Okay guys lets be honest here, how often do we think we know best, when in reality, we have no knowledge of God's plan?
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell ME, if you have understanding, who determined its measurements, surely you know! Or stretched the line upon it? (38:4)
God is literally getting sarcastic with Job here -- and I have to admit, I really like that. Can you imagine being Job, though? This man who has had every valuable thing in his possession stripped away and out of a whirlwind, you hear the booming voice of God. I CANNOT FATHOM THIS.
For the next 129 verses, God tells Job what is what. He asks Job if he is the one who "causes it to rain where there is no one, in a wilderness where there is no man." (38:26) God asks Job if he knows where the dwelling place of light and darkness is, and if the hawk fly's by his wisdom.
I would be shaking in my skin at this moment cuz uhm WHAT DO YOU TELL GOD. But, Job takes his rebuke well. His response is one I believe I need to pray as well.
I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said "I will question you and you shall answer Me." I have heard You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. (42:3-6)
God then went and literally doubled all of what Job had, blessing his latter days more than the beginning. He had more children and went on with his life, living to be 140 years old, seeing his children and grandchildren for 4 generations. "So Job died, old and full of days." (42:17) *wipes tear*
It's just so beautiful...Job went through pain and here is the jaw dropping point that I was getting to - GOD NEVER TOLD HIM WHY THIS ALL HAPPENED. Job just accepted it and moved on, trusting in God even more than he had before.
and satan? He was wrong. Let this be our reaction to trial - it's the most amazing relationship to have with God. Perhaps you are going through what feels like a desert and you think God is punishing you, or not listening. Don't listen to those whispered lies - go read Job chapters 38-42 and you'll realize how small you are compared to God, yet He loves you. It's an unbelievable thing. It makes me want to cry.
p.s like HAPPY EASTER ALL OF YA + I'm like really sore because last night Sarah and I went to a nerf capture the flag game at our library and EEEEEEEEEEPPPP YES THAT WAS LIKE SO MUCH FUN *dies*
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM JOB?
EVER PLAY NERF CAPTURE THE FLAG??