In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. Job 1:1-3
Job along with his wife lived in the city of Uz and had 10 children. He was a rich man as God had blessed him with much cattle and many servants. The Scriptures tell us that Job was blameless and upright, a man who feared God and shunned evil. Now, just for clarification, it does not say that Job was a perfect man but it does appear that he was a man who had placed His in trust in the Lord and faithfully lived a God-honoring life of integrity. A life that pleased God so much so that one day as the Lord was holding court in heaven with His angels, satan showed up…and it was on.
One of Job’s statements/questions to God is found in Job 10:8-9, “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?” In other words, Job is asking ‘Why was I born… did you create me just to destroy me?’ It is the age-old question of why am I here? The only safe place to get that answer is the Word of God which tells us that we were born for relationship with Jehovah God, the One, True and Living God (Matthew 22:37) and we were created us for His Glory (Isaiah 43:6b-7). In all that Job went through, God was revealing more and more of Himself, drawing Job into greater relationship that would be a greater reflection of God’s glory.
It’s no different for any true believer. God is transforming us into His image. What we are moaning about, thinking we will never survive, God says, ‘yes, you will. Satan means it for harm but I will use your suffering for good.’ Trust Me, when I get through with you, you shall come forth as pure gold.
In the end the Lord restored to Job his prosperity and family and gave him another 140 years of life and twice as much as he had before, The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. Amen. But the best part is below, Job knew God in greater and deeper ways – Blessed in the Name of the Lord:
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of You
but now my eyes have seen You.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Father, You are glorious! Awesome in all Your ways. Open our eyes that we would see You! We bow and worship You and You alone! Blessings and honor and glory and power belong to You! Thank You for Your salvation that we would be Your sons and daughters. Use us for Your glory, may Your Name be hallowed in the earth as it is in heaven and may it begin with me. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done in our lives!
In Jesus Name, Amen!