This is my understanding I got after reading the Book of Job. Job was a man of God, blessed and highly favored. A honest man, respected God and refused to do evil. he owened 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 1,000 oxens and 500 female donkeys. He was the richest man in the east.
One day, when the angels were meeting with the Lord, the Lord asked him if he had seen his servant Job and Satan said yes he did. The lord said, there is no one like him, he is a good, faithful man, he respects God and refuses to do evil.
Satan rebuttal was, you had did everything for him. You always protect him, his family, and everything he has. You have blessed him and made him successful in everything he does. However, if you were to destroy everything he has, I promise you that he would curse you to your face.
The Lord then told Satan, all right, do whatever you want to anything he has but don’t hurt Job.
First Undertsanding | God test our faith by using Satan. God doesn’t do evil. In additon, the purpose of God doing such isn’t to harm you. God’s intention is always pure and God does such thing that will actually benefit you.
First Attack | Job oxens and donkeys were stolen and most of his servants killed. His sheeps were killed, his camels were stolen, and his sons and daughters were killed.
Job’s Wisdom | 1: 21
“When I was born into this world,
I was naked and had nothing.
When I die and leave this world,
I will be naked and have nothing.
The Lord gives,
and the Lord takes away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”
Then, there was a second meeting and the Lord ask Stan again about Job and he stated, there is no one like him. He is a good, faithful man that respects God and he refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.
Satan answered, “Skin for skin! A man will give everything he has to protect himself. 5 I swear, if you attack his flesh and bones, he will curse you to your face!”
6 So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, Job is in your hands, but you are not allowed to kill him.”
7 So Satan left the meeting with the Lord and gave Job painful sores all over his body, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.
Job’s Wisdom | 2:9-10
As Job was dealing with his problem,
His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your faith? Why don’t you just curse God and die!”
10 Job answered, “You sound like one of those fools on the street corner! How can we accept all the good things that God gives us and not accept the problems?” So even after all that happened to Job, he did not sin. He did not accuse God of doing anything wrong.
However, his problems started to way on him. He started to curse the day he was born, he got into arguments with his friends throughout the book, he called himself aruging with the Lord and questioning his ways and tactics.
My Perspective |
Satan will tornment you so much that you start to lose faith, you start to curse the Lord which is what he wants. You start to question God and his ways even though we can not understand the Lord ways. Satan wants us to lose our grace and faith that we have in the Lord.
Job 34 11-15
God would never do what is evil!
God All-Powerful would never do wrong.
11 He pays us back for what we have done.
He gives us what we deserve.
12 The truth is that God does no wrong.
God All-Powerful is always fair.
13 No one chose God to be in charge of the earth.
No one gave him responsibility for the whole world.
14 If God decided to take away his spirit
and the breath of life he gave us,
15 then everything on earth would die.
We would all become dust again.
God finally anwsers Job in Job 38 to 41. Then, job got his anwser and his first thought was, I know you can do everything. You make plans, and nothing can change or stop them. Job was humbled even more by God. His last thoughts were:
And I am ashamed of myself.
I am so sorry.
As I sit in the dust and ashes,
I promise to change my heart and my life.”
My Perspective |
Despite, his trials ans tribulations, he came back to the Lord. His showed his honor and respect toward the Lord and humbled himself. He showed his respect and shame for saying what he did.
Then, God blessed Job again. He made Job successful again; The lord gave him twice as much as he had before. So like I stated before, this was a test and God always test his children to build their faith and love for him.
So when you are going through your triaks abd tribulations, just know that everything that is happening is happening for you and not to you.
12 The Lord blessed Job with even more than he had in the beginning. Job got 14,000 sheep, 6000 camels, 2000 oxen, and 1000 female donkeys. 13 He also got seven sons and three daughters. 14 He named the first daughter Jemimah and the second daughter Keziah. He named the third daughter Keren Happuch. 15 Job’s daughters were among the most beautiful women in all the country. And, like their brothers, they each got a share of their father’s property.[d]
16 So Job lived for 140 years more. He lived to see his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his great-great-grandchildren. 17 Job lived to be a very old man who had lived a good, long life.