Men of the Bible Series
Job (Job 42:1-2) – PART 2
Job 42:1-2, Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 2I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
If you were to study the godly life of Job, you would find his name means “assailed”. There are type of trees, some of the oldest trees on earth, that grow high in the windy White Mountains of California, near Yosemite N.P. Sierra N.F. Job was fiercely assaulted by the winds of unfortunate circumstances and in the end he came forth as gold.
The Bible speaks of Job as “perfect and upright” (Job 1:1). The word upright means of straight and level. Although this man was afflicted in ways that would knock most men out to the point of never getting back up, Job remained steadfast. Though struck with numerous calamities, he refused to give up. He clung to the Lord. Crooked circumstances could not bend his heart. His trust in the Lord kept him pointed directly toward Heaven.
Job had a deep respect and holy fear of God. Blameless refers to Job’s moral integrity and wholehearted devotion to God. Upright conveys his words, thoughts, and actions that measured up to God’s standard of what is right, honorable and true. God Himself gives this description of Job’s character (Job 1:8; 2:3). God gives us Job’s life as evidence that He can work in a person’s life to make that person truly good, righteous and victorious. With the Lord’s help, we can have victory over evil influences and desires of sin. This does not mean that Job was sinless, however, God’s people can and should live morally pure and righteous lives. It is spiritually unhealthy and Scripturally inaccurate to teach that it is impossible to live a blameless and upright life and that it is to be expected that a believer will regularly sin in word, thought or deed with no hope of overcoming the temptations of life. Like the testimony of Job, with the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance, we Christians, have the power available to overcome our sin nature and the pull of sin so we can walk blameless and upright before God.
Perhaps no question is asked more often than that when Christians try to witness for Christ. We tell others about the magnificent love of God, but they have a problem. One of the most asked questions concerning God is…Why? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do the righteous suffer? Why are the innocent murdered? Why are children abused? Why was this good person’s life taken so suddenly? These questions rise in our hearts, and we demand to know why? We ask, “God, if You are all powerful, all knowing, and all loving…Why?”
Job’s flesh, family, farm, fortune, and faith was attacked. In the end, Job refused to blame God and acknowledged the divine sovereignty of the Lord. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, Job knew that God could be trusted. When injustices were shouting in his ears, Job persisted in believing that God was just. If you are hurting, may you come to the point where your faith will lead you to say, “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21).
Rooted in the Word of God does 4 Things.
1. Roots are unseen: First, the important thing to do is to set aside time in privacy (underground). By doing this we immerse ourselves in God’s Word and grow in Him.
2. Roots are for taking in: Perhaps one of the most productive times to absorb God’s Word is in having quiet time alone in God’s Word to feed upon it will ensure your spiritual growth.
3. Roots are for storage: As you daily study God’s Word, you’ll find a vast, deep reservoir of Divine hope and strength forming for the rough times ahead.
4. Roots are for support: A deep-rooted Bible study will help you to stand firm against the pressures of life. The routine care for your roots through exposure to God’s Word will cultivate you into a remarkable Christian of endurance.
Christians are to be people of faith and dependence upon the Lord. It is when we get independent of God that we get ourselves into trouble. The Bible tells us that the just live by faith. If we are to please the Lord then we need to trust in Him. God can do all things.
Look at what the Lord has done for His people:
1) Joseph – Promoting him from the prison to the palace, making him the most powerful man in the Middle East.
2) Israel – Causing the walls of Jericho to fall flat and parting the waters of the Red Sea and Jordan River so they could cross.
3) Gideon – With the odds 450 to one, Gideon and his 300 men, defeated the Midianites.
4) 3 Hebrews – His presence with them in the fiery furnace and allowing not one hair to be singed on their bodies,
5) Daniel – Cast into a den of lions, the angel of the Lord Stopped the mouths of hungry lions.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, when the winds of adversity bear down on me, I will trust in Your love for me. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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