God says that Job was “a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). What an amazing statement for God to make about a person. We must remember that Job was a sinner and Job knew his righteousness couldn’t stand before God. Yet, God calls him blameless. Why? Because he feared God and shunned evil. Job is faithful like Abraham. And like Abraham, Job believed God and God accounted it to him as righteousness. Because Job believes God and follows God, God considers him blameless in all things. What a tremendous showing of Grace. What a tremendous outpouring of mercy and love. This is the heart God has towards all men.
Not so the enemy; Satan comes to try to destroy the righteous. Satan’s attempt is to always drag the righteous into sin. Satan will attack and bring trials and tribulation and hope that you curse God. Satan wants you to turn from faith by whatever means and he is very cunning in his attempts. With Job, Satan takes everything from him: family, property, health. The only thing Satan can’t take away from Job is God himself. Job knows this and even in his trial, he acknowledges the sovereignty of God.
Job 1:20–22 (NKJV) — 20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Job fell to the ground and worshipped. In all his trials, Job comes to one conclusion and a singular understanding: God will do what God will do and “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Satan was fooled by God. Satan thought he would show God up by causing Job to fall. Little did Satan know that God was proving Satan to be limited and nothing compared to Himself.
I pray that in your trials and tribulations, when the world is crashing in, when nothing seems to be going right, that you remember that God is in absolute control. Maybe He is refining and maturing you. Maybe He is cleaning you. Whatever God is doing, it is His right and authority to do it, and it will end in good for you.
Blessed be the name of the Lord
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Job 11-13
- Day 2 – Job 14-16
- Day 3 – Job 17-20
- Day 4 – Job 21-23
- Day 5 – Job 24-28
- Day 6 – Job 29-31
- Day 7 – Job 32-34