I want to be just like Job! Really?

ImageToday I was talking with someone that is really very good and kind to everyone, a real heart of gold. Recently they have encountered more problems than you can even imagine, so many things have gone awry that I said “You just have to laugh about it, this is not a coincidence, the devil must see you as a real threat to the Kingdom and he’s trying to take you out by making you so discouraged that you will just quit! I asked this question of them and I pose it also now to you… Of all the people in the Bible you could be, whom would you choose? How about one of the Prophets, Elijah or Elisha? There were many miracles in their ministries. Maybe you would choose Solomon who not only had great wealth as the King but also was full of wisdom? Here’s one I bet would not be on your short list of people to be like, it’s Job! You read the book of Job and find a very prosperous fellow with a large amount of properties and animals and family, then in “one fell swoop” it was all gone, everything! God had so much faith in Job that He removed the hedge of protection around him, to prove that he would retain his faith. If you look closely you can see old Job sitting on a dung (you know what that is, don’t you?) hill, scraping his boils with a broken piece of pottery. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. He had some well-meaning friends that came to visit, we call them Job’s comforters, who listed all the reasons why this had happened to Job and gave him suggestions on what he should do. In this respect I can identify! People assume if things go wrong, that you have done something to bring this on yourself, have you ever heard of Harold Kushner’s book “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”? I remember when some people told my sister, a college freshman at the time carrying two majors with a 4.0 GPA, that she must have sin in her life, why?  Because she had contracted Mono, from pulling too many all-nighters studying not partying as they might have supposed. That really hurt her tender feelings. Matthew 7:1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Back to Job; he suffered the loss of family, farmlands, animals and we find him reduced to scratching his sores. What would he say? Job 1:21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed. He never blamed God at all and suffered through his wife’s harsh words and his neighbor’s judgments, but he kept the faith. You may say, “Job kept his faith, so do I just want to be faithful? Is that it?” Then let me answer that by asking you, “Have you read the end of the book?” I had a person tell me that they had loaned 300,000.00 to someone. Knowing it would never come back to him, he had tried to put it out of his mind. He was driving around 285 one day thinking about it, when he felt that the Lord spoke to him, “Forgive the people that owe you and I will pay you back what they owe.” He had thought of it and thought he had forgiven them, but, he began to pray out loud and told the Lord that he forgave them completely, then put it all in God’s hand. Within three months he had gotten a call to do a job and was paid in excess of 325K! He got back all the money owed to him plus interest! That is the Job that we want to be like, the one that forgives those who have harmed us with their harsh words or by deed. When Job prayed for his friends, God gave him back everything he had lost plus seven times more! Now when someone asks who you want to be like when you grow up, just say Job and let them figure it out!

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