Today’s Tasting: Job 1-5 MSG
Job, a man from Uz, feared God, lived blameless and upright, and turned away from evil. He had accumulated much wealth, and had children and a family, who were close-knit. Yet, they partied with one another, in a sinful way, in their homes frequently. Job prayed for his children and offered burnt offerings for them, just in case they had cursed God and sinned in their hearts during these parties. Now, that’s a loving and committed parent. God allowed Satan to test Job, attacking him in every aspect of life, family, finances, and health—to the degree that he cursed the day of his conception and the day of his birth.
Today’s Nourishment: The story of Job amazes me. It sounds quite harsh at times, and I wonder why God permitted Satan to do such a thing. I can only imagine. Job possibly accumulated more material wealth than he imagined. He was right with God and his family. Then, Satan approaches, thinking he was going to show God what rested in Job’s heart and mind. God allowed Satan’s test upon Job, but made it clear that Job’s life be spared. Job received torment and walked through trials in every angle of life. Satan attacked his character, his wealth, his family, and his health. It seemed only right for Job to curse God, but he didn’t. Everything about Job’s life fell to a hard, bad, and disturbing place. His wife told him to curse God and die. Yet, Job’s response to her was, “you’re talking foolish.” His friends didn’t recognize him. Job’s appearance probably scared them because he looked so bad. Yet, his friends sat with him and never spoke a word for seven days and nights. Job started cursing the day of his birth. Even worse, he cursed the day of his conception. Hurt people hurt people. And, Job seemed hurt and in tormenting pain.
No matter what we circumstances we face in life, whether the loss of material possessions, failing health, or possibly children in certain situations, sometimes it may be just a test. A spouse may say, “Just curse God and live your life” because circumstances may seem that difficult. We must know our anchor, Christ Jesus, and hold to Him. We must hold fast to our faith, look to the Lord. Expect and know from where our help comes. PRAISE GOD in and through your circumstances no matter what happens. Yes, even through tests and trials! What’s your test or trial? We are all tested in a certain area of our lives and sometimes more than one area. Will you trust God to carry you through or will you curse God and live your life?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Job 6-9