Wednesday, January 6, 2010
There once was a man named Job
There once was a man named Job.
The book of Job comes early when reading the Bible chronologically. It is said to be the oldest book in the Bible.
The events of the book may not have taken long. We don't know. Maybe several months. Maybe several years. Interesting, isn't it?
Here is this guy. Hugely successful. Highly respected. Large, happy family. He was all that before the events of this book. And he was all of that AFTER the events of this book.
But he would have passed into history anonymously, if it were not for the trouble he experienced.
Does that frame these last two years for you? It does for me.
1 There once was 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. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.
4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.
Here he is - a righteous man.
The scene changes. Now we get a glimpse into heaven, and what happens in the spiritual, unseen realm. It is like a new set in a play. Act II.
6 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.
Maybe the power of the story of Job is all contained in verse 6.
1. Satan is the accuser. He is no friend. He does not want what is best for you. His entire bent is to accuse - to demean - to reduce - to destroy.
2. God is in charge. Satan and all the angels have to report to God. Nothing happens that God does not allow. Does God CAUSE evil? - no. Does God ALLOW evil - yes.
I don't know your situation. But I do know mine. It hasn't been pretty these last 3 years.
Yet God is in control.
Nothing happens that He does not allow.
He can use the worst circumstance to work toward good.