How did Job Persevere?
Job is a rich man who owned large number of livestock and servants. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. One day, Satan came before God’s throne at the same time when the angel also came to present themselves. God asked Satan what he thinks about Job and Satan replied Job is faithful to him because he creates a hedge of protection around him and make all things go smoothly for him. Then, to be fair, God let Satan attack all that Job had. Satan, wanting to lead Job away from God, did his best by destroying all that he had including the livestock, servants and children. The incidents happen one after another consecutively, which made Job very grieved. Yet, in all these, Job did not curse God but praise him.
On a second occasion, Satan came before God’s throne again just at the same time the angel came to present themselves before him. God asked Satan the same question about what he thinks about his servant Job. This time, Satan said Job is still faithful to God because he still has his health. Therefore, God gave Satan permission to harm Job’s health but he cannot take away his life. Satan struck Job with boils all over his body but Job did not curse God. He knows that in life, there is problems and if he can accept blessings from God, he must also accept curses from God.
Afterwards, Job’s three friends came to visit him. They debated with him, that it is his sins that caused God to strike him with all these calamities but Job did not believe and he kept on trying to justify himself. Job kept on asking why God brought these calamities on him. Of course, Job had no idea that it was Satan who was causing all these troubles on him. Job was wrong in accusing God as the culprit of the disasters that happened in his life. Job’s perseverance did pay off in the end. Ultimately, God blessed Job and gave him double of the livestock he used to have. He also had another 7 sons and 3 daughters. If Job had cursed God, Satan would have won and God would have withheld his blessings from him.
Job set a good example in showing that he has strong perseverance even when faced with the worst and losing everything he had including his health. Often, we will automatically blame God when things do not go in our ways. We may become unhappy with God but we must remember that problems happen not because God caused them to happen on us. Satan can also cause problems. You should face your problem cheerfully and not take your sorrowful face to everywhere you go. Doing so will cause the devil to be glorified. If the devil sees you are cheerful even in your affliction, he will lose.
Most of the times, we are responsible for the problems that happen in our lives. Instead of blaming God, you must blame yourself, correct and learn from your mistake. Sometimes, God put problems to increase our faith in him. Without problems, you won’t be challenged to improve yourself. You would not have think of God when everything goes well with you. Problems can bring us closer to God. When you have problems, you must pray and seek God in prayer patiently and persistently.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:20-21 KJV)
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:9-10 KJV)
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12 KJV)
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:6 KJV)
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: (Job 5:17 KJV)
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV)
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (1 Corinthians 9:25 KJV)
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (Luke 6:22 KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5 KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9 KJV)
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV)
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8 KJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; (James 1:2 KJV)
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (James 2:5 KJV)
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV)
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James 5:11 KJV)
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. (2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV)
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36 KJV)
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 KJV)
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3:21 KJV)
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10 KJV)
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10 KJV)
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13 KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18 KJV)
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7 KJV)
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mark 13:13 KJV)
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised (Hebrews 10:23 KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6 KJV)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:8 KJV)
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13 KJV)
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (Revelation 3:11 KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; (1 Peter 3:14 KJV)
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:14 KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)