Taking a different look (Job 1-9)

10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”[a] In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10

As you opened the blog this morning, were you in a good mood, not a good mood, or somewhere in between? I find that I have to set my mind early in the day because my flesh has the view-point of a pity party from time to time. I confess that I even take the view of a victim at times. In these moments God reminds me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor. 10:4-5).

This morning as I caught up in our Chronological reading plan, I found myself taking a different look at life. Somewhere along my journey someone either said or I read in a book that “if you think your life is tough, just look around and you will find someone who is having a more difficult time of life than you are.”

When I consider Job’s story, I take a different look at life.

Most conservative Biblical Historians believe Job lived at the same time as Abraham. This is why we study his life after Genesis 11. Job had been brought to redemptive faith in God as had Abraham, by faith. Job’s faith led him to live his life as a righteous man (1:1-5).

Job’s life story took a turn as God’s hedge was removed from Job. Up to this time Job had lived a life of blessing, but to prove to Satan that Job’s faith was in God and not in God’s blessings, God allowed Satan to make life difficult for job (Job 1-2). Here are three things you will discover about Job in chapters 1-9:

  1. Job’s world view was correct. In both good times and difficult times Job knew God was faithful. In both good times and difficult times Job wanted to be faithful.
  2. Job’s pain began to challenge his thought process:

Job’s pain was physical. He was in so much pain that he wished he had never been born.

Job’s pain was mental. I cannot imagine how his friends advice wore on him as well as his own mental anguish in attempting to figure out what was happening in his life.

Job’s pain was spiritual. Job could not wrap his mind around the why.

3. Job’s life story has become a testimony of our need to draw closer to God in times of difficulty.

Just like Job, you and I have learned that God is faithful in our journey of life. Just like Job you and I have learned that we are called to be faithful. We know the heart-break of difficult times. We have experienced the sadness of allowing the flesh to rise us. We have known the joy of God’s miracles in restoring all that is removed in difficult times. We know each and every day we need to take a different look at what is happening in our lives.

Take the time today to answer two questions:

  1. Compare your life to others and ask yourself, just how difficult is your life today?
  2. What is God’s message in your present difficulties?

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