Job Chapter One: Holding Fast Your Integrity

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Holding Fast Your Integrity - Job: Trusting God in Times of Adversity

What comes out under pressure reveals what we really are.

Chapter One in Review

Job had seven sons and three daughters.  He was extremely wealthy.  He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants.  He was the greatest man among the peoples of the east.  He had perfect integrity and made sacrifices to God on behalf of his family.

God still has authority over Satan.  Satan can enter God’s presence when summoned.  Satan can only go where and do what God allows him to.  He can’t do anything that God doesn’t allow.

Satan is God’s adversary.  He can also target us, but ultimately his goal is to hurt God.  The whole point of Satan targeting Job is to poke at God.

Job lost all his worldly possessions and his children.  He lost these things through raiding parties and natural disasters.  This shows that Satan can use other people and even nature to strike at someone.

God has ultimate power and control over everything.  Satan has supernatural power that he can use when allowed by God.

Satan believes that men only obey God if He is blessing them.  Job’s reaction proves that is not the case.

I believe that God allowed Satan to afflict Job in order to teach them both a lesson.  His purpose is to show both Job and Satan that He is ENOUGH.  God neither verbally agrees or disagrees with Satan’s accusation that Job’s faith is based on his prosperity, but we know that He is all-knowing, so He knows Satan is wrong.

Satan is NOT God’s equal.  I know this, but it is good to be reminded.  Satan can’t do anything without God allowing it.  That is hard to swallow when you are in the middle of a Job situation.  This time, though, I know that God would not take anything away from me that He will not redeem and eventually restore in an even better way.  

What I Learned About God

  1. God revealed Himself to man even prior to the giving of the law to Moses.
  2. Job made burnt offerings to satisfy God and atone for the sins of his children also before the giving of the law – blood was required even then.
  3. All souls (human or angel) God has created are referred to as “sons” or children of God.  Even Satan was counted among them, at least initially.
  4. God required the angels to present themselves before Him.
  5. God allowed Satan to approach Him and interact with Him.
  6. God talks with Satan and allows Satan to do things.  Nothing bad happens without God allowing it.  Satan can’t touch anyone without permission.  
  7. God does what He wants, when He wants.
  8. Blaming God for bad things is sin, even if He is allowing it.
  9. God is holy and good.  He can’t do anything evil.  So if He allows something bad to happen, there is a greater purpose and plan that will be fulfilled through the tragedy.  (Deut. 32:4)

What I Learned About Satan

  1. He still had to present himself to God, along with the other “sons of God.”
  2. He apparently still has access to God’s throne and Presence.
  3. God still speaks to him and makes him answer.
  4. Satan still speaks to God.
  5. He has an attitude of disrespect that resembles that of a petulant child.
  6. He can only do what God allows him to do.
  7. He tries to “bait” or “get” God.

What I Learned About Job

  1. He lived in the land of Uz.  (I always want to say Oz.  But I’m weird like that.)
  2. He was a man of perfect integrity, who feared God and turned away from evil.
  3. He had 10 children – 7 sons and 3 daughters.
  4. He was extremely wealthy.  He had 7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 yoke of oxen; and 500 female donkeys, plus servants.
  5. He was the greatest man among all the people of the east.
  6. His kids liked to party.
  7. Job made sacrifices to God on their behalf in case they had sinned while partying.
  8. God pointed Job out to Satan.
  9. God called Job “a man of perfect integrity.”
  10. Satan said Job only feared God because he had not faced adversity.
  11. God allowed Satan to do whatever he wanted with anything but Job’s health.
  12. Job mourned deeply for his losses, but still praised and worshipped God.

 Closing Thoughts

  • The way to cope with suffering is to discover who God is.
  • Job waited for God, but he waited believing in a sovereignty that would vindicate him “at the last.”
  • Job did not sin or blame God.  How do we react when we lose possessions or family members?
  • Keep in mind that although we know the reason for Job’s suffering, he doesn’t.

Kay Arthur writes:

Job doesn’t know that this is God’s way of proving to Satan that faith exists independent of worldly prosperity and endures in times of loss.  Nor does Job know that God knows he will not fail the tests.

A deep, personal knowledge of God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer is what we need to handle the stress of suffering.  We need a relationship with God that enables us to endure suffering without losing faith, without cursing God, and without blaspheming God’s name in actions and words.

 

Other posts from my journey through Job:

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