Good Morning! My name is Dan Kenders and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of Job chapters 1 and 2.
KEY VERSE: Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speakest. 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.
REFLECTIONS: Job was a God-fearing man from the land of Uz. He was the richest man in the East. In Heaven, when the sons of God presented themselves before the Lord, Satan was with them. When the Lord asked Satan where he had come from, Satan said he had been roaming about on the earth. The Lord asked if he had noticed Job, a man like no other, who feared God and shunned evil. Satan told the Lord that the only reason Job was such a faithful and Godly man was because the Lord had protected and blessed him. Satan challenged the Lord to show Job afflictions and then see how faithful he would be.
God allowed Satan power over Job other than his own body. God allowed Satan to take away his oxen and donkeys and kill his servants. He allowed a fire to burn his sheep. He allowed his camels to be taken. But most tragically, God allowed for his children to be killed. Job did not falter. He tore his robe, shaved his head, and worshiped the Lord.
Again, Satan came to the Lord with the sons of God. The Lord reminded Satan how Job had remained God-fearing, blameless and upright despite all he had lost. Satan then tells the Lord that if he would allow his own body to hurt that then Job would surely curse God. The Lord allowed Satan access to Job’s body but instructed him not to take his life. Job was struck with painful boils over his entire body. His wife told him to curse the Lord so that he would take his life. Job told her she was speaking foolishly, and that they have been blessed with so much that they need to accept the hard times. Through it all, Job remained faithful and did not curse the Lord.
APPLICATION: Imagine if we cursed God every time we were faced with afflictions. Our testimony for the Lord would be useless and Christianity would have ceased in early times. I think we often forget all that God has given us and how he protects us and provides for us. The devil’s cruel ways are here to stay, so be strong in the Word and trust in God. Nothing can cross our paths that God Himself has not allowed. It is all part of His master plan.
Thank you for being a part of the Route 66 Bible Reading Challenge. Thanks for reading, and you have a blessed day!
WHEN YOU GOT SAVED: May 2010
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Isaiah 40:31
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