The Book of Job is believed to be the oldest book of the Bible.
Why was it the one that began God’s story as told to man?
Could it be its wisdom is foundational if one desires a life of spiritual excellence?
Trusting God regardless of what outward circumstances suggest is the pinnacle of a surrendered life?
Job asked the questions all of faith has asked.
Why am I suffering while the wicked are enjoying life?
Why do those who despise and dishonor God receive blessings many of faith will never experience?
Why would a holy and just God allow those who truly love Him to suffer?
For God’s glory! Just as Jesus modeled and taught.
While walking along the road, Jesus saw a man who was blind since his birth.
Disciples: Teacher, who sinned? Who is responsible for this man’s blindness? Did he commit sins that merited this punishment? If not his sins, is it the sins of his parents?
Jesus: Neither. His blindness cannot be explained or traced to any particular person’s sins. He is blind so the deeds of God may be put on display.
Then He spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.
He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!
His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”
Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”
But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”
They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”
He told them. “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes. And told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’
So I went and washed, and now I can see!” John 9:1-3 and 6-9
God is sovereign! Who are we, His children to question either His motives or methods? Our sole responsibility is to love and obey Him always!
Always means always— the bad times as well as the good times.
It is during the bad times— darkness. When Christ’s love and compassion shine the brightest. Showcasing God’s glory dwelling in those who call Him both Lord and Papa.
Being the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world. Going where He sends us. Loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Doing good to those who hate you. Blessing those who curse you. Praying for those who hurt you. Not letting evil conquer you, but conquering evil with good.
Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved. Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.
Above all, put on love— the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you. Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. And singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do in word or in deed. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. Giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17
Job eventually surrendered to God’s sovereignty and plan for his life. Understanding that to truly see God in the circumstances of your life. You must never forget He is God, not you!
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways. For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout and providing seed to sow and food to eat. So My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. Isaiah 55:8-11
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”