Job a Righteous Man
There once lived a man called Job in the land of Uz. Job was faithful to God and avoid evil in all his ways. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. He also own 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys and a large number of servants. Job’s sons always hold feasts in their homes during the birthdays. They would invite their sisters to eat with them.
Satan Destroyed Everything that Belonged to Job
One day, the angels gathered before God’s throne. Satan also came with them. God asked Satan where has he been. Satan replied he has been going back and forth through the earth. God asked Satan if he has considered the faithfulness of his servant, Job to him. Satan replied Job is successful because he has put a hedge around everything he owns. To be fair, God gave Satan permission to destroy his household but he cannot harm Job.
After Satan left God’s presence, he proceeded to destroy everything Job owned. Satan caused the Sabeans to attack and carry away the oxen and donkeys. The Sabeans also killed the servants. One servant managed to
escape to tell Job about it.
While the servant was speaking, another servant came and reported to Job that fire came down from heaven and consumed the sheep and servants.
While the second messenger was speaking, the third messenger came and reported to Job that a group of Chaldeans had carried away the camels. The Chaldeans also killed the servants.
While the third messenger was speaking, the fourth messenger came and reported to Job that a mighty wind from heaven swept through the house of the oldest brother where all his children were feasting so that it collapsed.
Job was very sad after learning that he had lost everything in a consecutive series of calamities. He tore his clothes and shaved off the hair from his head. In all this, Job did not curse God but praise his name.
On a different day, Satan came together with the angels before God’s throne again. God asked Satan again how have he considered his servant Job. Satan replied Job would curse God if God struck his flesh and bones. To be fair, God gave Satan permission to strike Job with illness and diseases.
After Satan left God’s presence, he struck Job with painful sores all over his body. Job used a broken pottery and scraped his wounds while sitting in the ashes. His wife said he should die and curse God but Jobb replied we should not just expect all good from God. Therefore, Job did not sin at all.
Job’s Three Friends Blamed Job on the Calamities
Later, Job’s three friends including Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite came to visit him for had undergone many misfortunes and was in ill health. Job’s three friends blamed Job’s sins for the calamities. Job argued that he did not sin at all in his knowledge but he is not sure he has sin accidentally. Job was afraid of God because it seemed that God is his enemies and caused all these calamities so that he won’t be successful.
In the end, God spoke to Job. God was angry with Job’s friends for falsely accusing him. They are required to take 7 bulls and 7 rams to go Job and offer burnt offering for himself. They did so and Job prayed for them and God accepted the prayer.
After that, God restored Job’s fortunes. Now, Job had twice as much as he owned in the past. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 donkeys. Job also had another 7 sons and 3 daughters. His daughters were the most beautiful women in the land. Job lived until 140 years old before he died.
What Can We Learn from Job?
Job never lost faith in God even though he lost all he had in a continuous series of calamities. God never do evils and he always let Satan do the evil deeds. God is good all the time.
Everyone has troubles in life and we often ask why we have so many problems. Sometimes, problems are caused by our own actions. Sometimes, problems are caused by Satan by using your circumstances.
God put problems i our lives so that we will become stronger and firmer in faith. We should seek God in all the troubles we face and give thanks to him in all circumstances. It is important to stay cheerful and keep on praying and trusting in God so that you won’t give a foothold for Satan to attack.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV)
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34: 1 KJV)
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Daniel 6:10 KJV)
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (Ephesians 5:20 KJV)