Summary: God has more faith in us than we have in ourselves and He allows Satan to test us to prove that God’s faith in us is justified.
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Pastor James May
God’s Faith in His Children
1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Let me begin by reminding you that Satan is our accuser. He is out to kill, steal and destroy those who are made in the image of God, especially those who serve God and who are called the sons of God. These verses describe God’s faith in Job because he knew Job’s heart. God has faith in each of His children because He knows the faith in their heart. Satan is ever doing his best to give God a reason to cast us aside but God just uses Satan’s hatred to prove the love of God’s children for their Father in Heaven.
Job is described as Perfect and Upright meaning that Job’s mind and heart were centered upon the will of God for His life and his only purpose was to serve God to the best of his ability. There is no hint of double-mindedness in Job. His heart was fixed and there was no doubt that he was spiritually strong. Job feared God by considering the ways of God and keeping true and faithful to Him that held all power in heaven and in earth. Job understood that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father in Heaven and only in God could truth and justice be found. There was no truth, justice or security outside of that which God gives.
Job eschewed (avoided) evil. He was careful to stay away from those who would draw him into idol worship. He would avoid those who did not trust in God and refrain from associating with those who had no regard for God.
What does it take to be Perfect and Upright in the sight of God?