There are times when life is very good. Our health is good. Our finances are good. Our relationships with others are good and everything is going our way. We should be thankful during such times and realize that it may not always be this way. In a matter of moments the wind can change and suddenly life can become very difficult. The question is not – ‘Will hard times come?’, but ‘How will we respond?’
This week we will do a short study of a man called Job.
Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Scripture says that Job was a prosperous man, a righteous man, and a happy man. Life couldn’t have been any better than it was for Job. But then the story of Job suddenly changed. Scripture teaches us that one day there was a conversation between Satan and God concerning Job.
Job 1:9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
In essence Satan was saying, “The only reason Job honors You (God) is because You are bribing him with Your blessings. Take away the blessings and watch what he does.”
Job 1:12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
The question that needed to be settled between God and Satan was – ‘How would Job respond once the blessings ceased to come? Would he continue to love God as much as he did during the good times, or would he become angry and upset and accuse God of being unkind?’
Perhaps you are going through a valley at this time in your life. Perhaps you are wondering why God has suddenly stopped His blessings. Did you do something wrong or is God now against you? Consider the story of Job carefully. The valley you are going through may be a test to determine the validity of your faith and love for God. Join me again tomorrow as we continue to study this amazing story.