“Then said his wife unto him, 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.” Job 2:8-9 (KJV)

Job was a blessed man with a large family, loving wife, much land, cattle, camels, sheep, oxen, donkeys, and many servants who were loyal to him.  He was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived.

The book of Job is believed to be the oldest of the Old Testament books.  He is believed to have lived around the time of Abraham, and possibly sometime before.  The book was  written sometime before Moses wrote Genesis and the rest of the Law.  Job believed in God, and he believed God.

Satan, the devil, that old serpent sought to cause Job harm by seeking God’s permission to cause Job suffering, loss, trial, and pain.  Just a thought here to the child of God:  Satan can never touch you unless he gets God’s permission first; and if God gives him permission to touch you it is because God knows you can handle it.

Notice this about Satan.  He is always going from the presence of the LORD (1:12;  2:7).

I said Job had a loving wife above.  She did not enjoy the pain and suffering that had come to them.  She was suffering too with the loss of their children, all their wealth; and then the skin diseases with boils, and such.  It was, she thought, more than she could bear; so she said to Job, “Curse God and die”.

Job understood her pain.  He also had a heart for God, and believed that the blessings he had lived with were from God, and that the suffering was allowed by God.

Are you suffering today?  Think about Job.  Think about God’s goodness, grace and love.  When you love God there is nothing that can cause you to curse God; but thank Him, praise Him, love Him; because there is no other who can hold you and keep you.

God loves you.  He has proven that love by the cross of His Son Jesus who suffered, beatings, mocking, rejection, and loss.  He was put on display to show the wondrous love of God.

From June 02, 2015

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