Is it true? Job 2

Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” Job 2:4-5

A man went to visit a Christian brother who had suddenly dropped out of church.  The brother was very friendly in opening the door.  There was the usual small talk but then the question came.  Is it true that you are quitting church?  The answer was quick and to the point, “yes, I am quitting church and I am quitting God.”  The brother was in shock as he responded, “Why?”  The man said in response, “Every time I attempt to serve the Lord. I lose my job.”

Brothers and sisters, is it possible that people only follow God if He blessings them with good times?  This is the line of reasoning of Satan as he comes to accuse Job before God.

Satan believed Job would renounce his faith if God allowed Job’s health to be attacked.  But God knew that Job’s faith was real.  Question: How real is our faith?”

Job teaches us a valuable truth in chapter two:  “God is praise worthy in good times and in bad times.”

Here are 4 things I have learned about our God in both good times and bad times:

  1. God came to redeem us from eternal bad times, Romans 3:25.
  2. God came to rescue us from Satan’s traps.  I John 4:7.
  3. God came to reside with us in tough times, John 16:33; Hebrews 13:7-8.
  4. God came to strengthen our faith in times of testing, I Peter 1:5-8.

I cannot imagine the heartbreak of the brother who left his friend’s home knowing that the man was walking away from God.

This very day, you and I must strengthen ourselves in faith.  This day we must remind ourselves of God’s redemption, God’s rescue, and God’s residing in us!!!  Cultivate your faith and cling to your faith in good times and bad.

May it never be said that we cursed God and wished to die.

Lift up your voice to God in this precious old hymn of the faith.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
By: Robert Robinson, 1735-90

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me ever to adore Thee;
May I still Thy goodness prove.

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Oh, that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace!
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send Thine angels soon to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

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