Summary: All Christians proclaim their belief in God, but does God have that same confidence in you. Job was a person God could have confidence in and even challenged Satan to try and shake his faith. Could God do the same for you?
Introduction: If God was to write a biography of you, what would your character be like?
Here in the book of Job, we see the biography of the man Job and there were four things that stuck out concerning his character.
Let us also examine those four things that made God believe in Job so much that He would even challenge Satan to shake the faith of this man.
In examining Job and God's confidence in him, let each of us also consider our character, and let us think about it, does God believe in me?
What characteristics of Job made God have confidence in him?
1. He Was Perfect (vs. 8).
A. This term does not mean that Job was without any sin, for only Jesus was sinless. Remember it was Paul who told us that Jesus was made sin for us, who knew NO sin in II Corinthians 5:21.
B. The term 'perfect' does mean that he was without blemish. Notice that Job made sacrifice each day for himself and his children (vs. 5), just in case either had sinned against God. Thus, this man did not allow sin to fester or grow in his life, and he began each day by asking for God's blessing.
C. We see that Job was one of those outstanding members of his society that everyone looked to for advice, and one from whom each person followed as an example.
D. Lastly, the term 'perfect' meant that Job was obviously spiritually mature, and always growing in his faith. The writer of Hebrews shared with us that God wants us to be growing always in our faith. In Hebrews 6:1, we are told, "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection..." As we come to understand, after accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord, we are not only to learn more about Him, but also about living for Him, about our responsibility to teach others of Him, and about His will for our lives. It is clear that Job was such a person when it comes to the understanding of faith during his day. Thus, God saw him as special, unique and capable of using his knowledge of God to uplift others. Notice God says in verse 8, "...there is none like him in the earth..." Isn't it sad that God could not see others of whom He could challenge Satan, only Job?
2. He Was Upright (vs. 8).
A. This means that he was a person whose reputation told everybody that he would follow God's plan.
B. As we continue to read in the book of Job, Job was not only challenged by Satan, but also he was challenged by his own wife. After enduring the calamities in 1:15-19, Job is seen in mourning in 1:20-21. While in this state of mourning, Job's wife comes to him and she says, "...Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." (2:9-10). Job proved to her that his faith in God was genuine. Many people only serve God or praise Him during good times, but when things go wrong, they are quick to deny Him. Job was upright, his character and faith were undaunted even in the face of terrible issues. What an example he proved to be to his family, friends, servants, and even the community in which he lived. Many times I hear people quote the familiar verse from Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to his purpose." How many of us understand what this verse is telling us? Many say that it tells us all things are good, but that is not true. Even more sad, because of that misinterpretation of this verse, I have known people to stop serving the Lord when He allowed some bad event happen in their life. Do you like being sick, having an automobile accident, having a limb amputated, seeing a loved one die? These are not good things, they are bad and even tragic. Let us understand as Job told his wife, God uses good times, bad times, and even tragic times to bring about His will. Therefore, to those who love God and are called according to his purpose, all things work together to bring about His will. Serve God in good, bad, and tragic times, He knows what He is doing.
3. He Was One That Feared God (vs. 8).
A. Job was the kind of man who reverenced God and had such a deep respect for Him that he wanted God always to be pleased with him.