Summary: Would God consider us as he considered Job?
During lunch hour my father and his co-workers would assemble around the “water cooler” boasting about their children. Henry spoke out, “my daughter’s academic scores were the highest in the nation”. But before Henry could finish, Weldon speaks out, ‘my sons were selected for the little league football team”`. Leaning over the water cooler, with a smile on his face, my father says, “my son possesses righteous qualities”. In Chapter 1 verse 7, 8, as the sons of God went for prayer, Satan followed them in searching for the one who could test God’s “super servants”. God says, in Chapter 1 verse 8, “have you considered my servant Job”? God then begins to brag about the “righteous qualities” that Job possessed. He says, “there is no one like him on all the earth”; Surely my servant Job will pass the test.
The first righteous quality that Job possessed; he was blameless.
In Chapter 1verse 3, 5, Job was a man of great wealth and success. He had accomplished a great deal throughout his life, yet he appreciated God for all the blessings he bestowed upon him and his family. Job understood the importance of keeping the laws of God by remaining cleansed from sins. After the feasting days would end, Job would continually consecrate himself and his family with burnt offerings.
The second righteous quality Job possessed; he was upright. Solomon says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold”. In Chapter 1 verse 20, 21, Job remained upright in all his ways. Although he lost all of his possession, his children, covered with sores; he tore his robe and began worshiping God. Job never compromised his beliefs or forsakes his God whom he loved so dearly. He remains upright at the expense of his life, he said; “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked shall I return. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord”.
The third righteous quality that Job possessed; he turned from evil. Sarah J. Maas says, “Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us-to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.” In Chapter 2 verse 9, 10, his wife says, to him “Do you still hold on to your integrity? Curse God and die”! Job rebukes her and says, “Should we accept the good from God and not accept the adversary”? Throughout Job’s entire test, he never sinned against God.
There are many valuable lessons concerning Job’s experiences, how to be blameless, upright, fear God, and refrain from evil. Job suffered many great tribulations, however in the end, God blessed Job with more than what he’d possessed before. To this day Job is considered; as a symbol of “righteousness”. Those men around the “water cooler” were perfect examples of the way God perceives his children. Would God consider us, as he considered Job?