Job’s Faith and Ours!

Job 1:1 … In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:10-11 … Satan said, “Have You not put a hedge around him… and blessed the work of his hands? But strike everything he has, and he will surely curse You.”

Job 1:21 … Job said: The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

Job 19:25 … I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.

Job 26:7 … He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the earth over nothing.

Job 28:28 … He said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”

Job 33:4 … The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 38:1, 4, 7 … Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: … “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell Me, if you understand. … While the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

Job 42:10 … After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Why do bad things happen to “good” people?

We have all heard this question and we have all probably asked that question.  We try to do what is right, but fail from time to time.  But we are better than most people.  Isn’t that what we tell ourselves?

Job was leaps and bounds better than everyone else.  We are told this by God Himself.

Job 1:8 … Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Despite his faith and how much better he was than everyone, Job suffered tremendously. Surely this wasn’t fair.

Life on this side of eternity is not about how much better we are than the average person.  Jesus was perfect and yet He died a criminal’s death, after being tortured.  And He did that to atone for the bad things you and I have done.  Where’s the fairness in that?

So is God fair or not?

The truth is that God is much more than fair.  We deserve punishment for our sins, but Jesus (God in human form) endured that punishment on our behalf.  In return for this, He asks that we love and trust Him.

Would you love someone who dies for you? Would you trust that person? Of course, yet so many choose to reject Jesus offer to pay for their sins.

Those who accept Jesus offer, like Job, will be blessed with treasure over and above what we have in this life.  In fact, the Bible tells us that if we choose to follow Jesus, this life is the worst we will experience and then we will receive our reward. If we reject Jesus, this life is the best we will experience and then darkness and separation from God.

Choose life friends, ETERNAL LIFE!  Trust Jesus today!

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