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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My friend, Job

I was reading in the book of Job last night and ran across this verse, "Though He slay me, I will hope in Him" (13:15). This, in the midst of unfathomable grief and suffering—where it was entirely reasonable to think that God might just slay him. Job was not a sinless person—there is no one who is sinless, save Jesus Christ—but his reactions to his circumstances were correct. That is why it is said two different times in Job that he did not sin through all of the dreadful things that happened to him.

1) After he lost all of his wealth and then his children:
"Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God" (Job 1:22)

2) After his response to his loving wife who told him to curse God and die:
"But he said to her, 'You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?' In all this Job did not sin with his lips" (Job 2:10).

Job's resolve can only be fully understood by a believer. When you know Him, there is no way you can walk away from Him—no matter what—because He is keeping us; we are not keeping ourselves.

 Job is my hero. I love his response to adversity. I love it that those words are there to encourage me.

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