PRYOR, OK —
Sometimes, when I am having a bad day, I take the time to go back and read from the book of Job. Satan thought that Job was serving God for what he could get out of it. He asked God in Job 1:9, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” But God knew that Job would be faithful to Him whether it was to Job’s advantage in the short term or not.
Satan said that God had protected Job and everything that belonged to him. He added that God had blessed Job’s work and had made him very wealthy. Then, Satan said to God, “But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
God then gave Satan power over everything Job had, except for Job himself. Satan took full advantage of that opportunity! Job lost all of his 500 yoke of oxen and his 500 donkeys, as well as the servants tending to them. The same day, a fire killed all 7,000 of his sheep, as well as the servants who were taking care of them.
Also, on that same day, Job’s 3,000 camels were stolen, and the servants tending them were killed. And no sooner had Job heard all of that terrible news, he received the worst news of all: a great wind destroyed his oldest son’s house, killing his seven sons and three daughters. All of this is recorded in Job 1:13-19.
How would we react to a day like that? How many of us would want to just give up and die? Job’s response was surprising: he tore his robe, shaved his head, and then fell to the ground and worshiped. How many of us would respond by worshiping God?
But Satan was not ready to give up on Job. On another day, Satan told the Lord in Job 2:4-5, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
God placed Job in Satan’s hand, but told him he could not take Job’s life. Satan struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. We cannot imagine the pain and agony Job was in. He sat in the midst of ashes and scraped himself with a potsherd, which scholars believe was a broken piece of pottery. On top of that, Job’s wife suggested that he just curse God and die!
Job told his wife that she was talking like a vile, wicked person. He asked her, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10). And then the Bible says, “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” What an amazing man he was! And what a marvelous example he continues to be for us.
No wonder James wrote in James 5:10-11, “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
What was the end intended by the Lord? In Job 42:10, we read, “The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Then, in verses 12 and 13 we are told, “Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14 thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters.”
God blessed Job abundantly because of his faithfulness to Him. If we are patient with God, He will never leave nor forsake us. As Paul wrote in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”