Good day to all, grace and mercy from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever noticed the storms Job went through? He had all of donkeys stolen, and the servants that were attending them were killed by the sword. A fire fell from the sky and burned up all of his sheep, and the servants that were attending them. His camels were stolen, and the servants attending them died by the sword. A great wind caused the house to fall in over all his children inside, and they all died. Job himself was attacked by the storm of sickness, and it was a sickness that almost destroyed his will to live.
What kind of God would test a righteous man with this many storms of life, and why? We read Satan is the destroyer, so why would God suggest to Satan to destroy Job’s family, and all his wealthy possessions when he lived a righteous life? God is a God of love, but He is also a God of judgment with plans and purposes for all to know Him, His truth, and His love that saves. God will and does use anything in this world to bring a person to the knowledge of Him. God knows our life here is short, and our life with Him is for eternity, so whatever He can do, or use on this earth to bring you to the knowledge of Him He will use. Suffering is the only thing that works to bring us to the knowledge of His saving power, and grace of knowing who He truly is.
If we never had suffering from this world why would we need Him to create a new one? If we were perfect why would we need His perfection? If we had perfect wisdom why would we need His wisdom? If we had perfect Knowledge of the world and who he was why would we need His knowledge? If we had perfect peace why would we need His peace? If we had a perfect love why would we need His love. If we had perfect behaviors, motives and desires why would we need a Savior, a God, a Father, Prince of Peace, a redeemer or a King of Kings giving us all those desires, and providing us with all we need physically, emotionally, and spiritually? If we had all things within ourselves, and this world was a perfect world we would not need God; we would be God. He is the potter we are the clay. He forms us through suffering that is the only thing that makes us bend to us needing, and calling out to Him.
Job 1:8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?” There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.
V 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Of all the people Satan wanted to destroy at this time would be Job’s because he was righteous, feared God and shunned evil. God had placed a hedge around so Satan could not get in. God had blessed Jobs hands so all he did prospered.That gives me comfort to know God is more powerful than Satan and his army. Satan could only do what God willed, wished, or allowed. Any of these words would fit this scene knowing God controls the universe, and all that is in it. God controls all the storms for a purpose of bringing us closer to knowing Him. I have not tried to count how many times God does something and at the end of the circumstance he says, "So they will know I am the Lord." Well this is one of those times as we learn more through Job's story where Job says, "Now I know the Lord."
This is why the book of Job teaches us so much about who our God truly is. We see here God wanted Job to be tested this way. God was the one that suggested Job to Satan, and gave Satan His instructions. All this evidence points to God’s will and purpose is for every man to truly know Him and who He is, and he disciplines his righteous children.
He gives us our righteousness, He controls the Universe, He saves all who have faith in him and seek his judgment and truth. Christ fulfills in us who our God truly is, and who we truly are suppose to be. Job became righteous in his own eyes, and forgot who had made Him righteous, and forgot how Big his God was. This still happens with his children today.
All that God instructed Satan to do brought Job closer to God. It was a test that Satan lost and God won, and God knew He was going to win. No one can change a plan God plans. God's plan was to help Job realize who God truly was, and for me this is a good test, or challenge for any of us, because at the end when we repent of lifting ourselves up in any way, He is the God that blesses, and He blessed Job with twice as much as he had before the testing took place.
God disciplines His sons and daughters and Paul tells us this through Christ he will do the same in our own lives, if we truly are his sons, and daughters just like Job was. He is the same God in the Old Testament as He is in the New Testament.
Hebrews 12::7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? IF you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline). Then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
Job 32:1 So these three men stopped answering job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.
Elihu was the only friend God did not rebuke, and not many realize this, or even speak much about Elihu. He has become a very close friend of mine because he goes through a lot of the same frustration as I do at times. You should read Elihu statements from beginning to end, they truly speak God's truth. There were four friends and three of them were rebuked by God, Elihu was the only one that was not, and what He says about God is true, what the others said including Job was false, although Job never lost faith in God or talking to God he just had the wrong information as to who God was.
What was the outcome of all of Job’s storms of life, loss of family, loss of possessions, and was it worth it to him?
Job 42:2 I (Job) know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge? Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me. My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.
Our God would do anything for us to know Him, and this is why studying Job and his suffering is so important, our suffering we go through should be bringing us closer to God not drive us further away, and those who are stubborn or righteous and true in their own eyes will never see the Lord in all His glory in who He truly is, they will never truly understand who He is, and they will never truly know Him. We are only righteous by what God gives us through His Son on the Cross, and He gets all glory and praise for our salvation, and works He does in and through us for others.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers?
John 17:1-4 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Job repented of his false knowledge of who God was, and God raised him up more in his past life then he was before when he truly did not have the knowledge of who God truly was. He had faith, feared God, heard about God but Job truly did not see God has he truly was.
Today we have that same problem with many of his children, and they are not seeing God as He truly is. Job’s own goodness blinded his eyes, Satan had nothing to do with it, and it was all Job justify his own righteousness by his own goodness, and works. Do you think it is worth God testing us with all kinds of storms if those storms bring us to truly knowing him, and everyone else around us so we can live in Him now to know for certain we have eternal life?
I do, that is the kind of God, Savior, and Father I want, and need. The kind of God and Heavenly Father that disciplines his children because he loves them and knows what they need more than his children know.
Through His Son, Jesus Christ on the cross, I truly see Him more than Job did, can know Him more than Job did, and be blessed more than Job was because of what God did through Jesus on the Cross and rising from it. Whatever happens in this life I am in Him whether I am sick, healthy, in loss, or gain, He will be with me for eternity, and through all circumstances He will be faithfully praised, and get all the glory for lifting me above all storms even death.
Today if you do not truly know Him, go to Him at the cross He is waiting for you, and repent of your false knowledge of Him. Tell Him you truly want to see Him through His Word of truth, and know Him as your personal Father through his Son, so you can love as He loves with His purpose behind it. The God that controls all storms in life, and helps you to overcome them all through the blood of Jesus wants you to know Him, and His love that takes you past the storms of this world.
The suffering in this world comes with His purpose and plan behind it for all to benefit from His healing power in knowing who He is so they can live now in His truth of who they are, and eternally with Him forever. To know Him is to know His purposes and plans He has for you through His Son, and in all your storms in life he will always deliver you from.
His peace and love always