Digging Deeper by Pastor Allen Jackson, World Outreach Church
Satan's objective with Job was simple. It was easy, he thought, for a man to stay devoted to the Lord when his life was full of His blessings. Take those away, throw his life into chaos and his devotion will melt away. But with the worst set of circumstances imaginable, including the loss of his children and his health, Job never turned his back on God. The Bible describes Job as a man of perseverance (James 5:10-11) and righteousness (Ezekiel 14:14, 20) who feared the Lord (Job 1:1). There are some enormously helpful scriptures throughout Job that give us a glimpse of his attitude, and how to stay fixed on God when everything else goes wrong.
believed that after his trials, he would come out refined like gold.
"when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." – Job 23:10
was deeply frustrated, and he couldn't make sense of what he was facing, but
his hope and trust stayed with the Lord.
"Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him" – Job 13:15
Job recognized God as his salvation, and knew that no matter what happened on the earth, he would be united with Him. "I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes —I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" – Job 19:25-27
Job's high view of God's character shaped his attitude, and allowed him to submit to God's perfect ways despite life's hardships. Stay with God through the challenges, and look expectantly to your salvation. Your Redeemer lives!