Job was a man many "modern" Christians like to ignore. About a year ago, I remember getting into a discussion with someone on the topic of Christians facing adversity in this world. When I mentioned Job, the person shot back at me that they were tired of hearing about Job and that he was just "one example". I responded back, "Yes, but what an example he was!"
When we examine the trials of Job, you will see that he experienced:
This was the man of whom God said was a perfect and upright man (Job 1:8) and yet God allowed him to experience not one but all of these problems. It wasn't, as his friends suggested, because Job had done something wrong. It was because he had done something right. He loved God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength. He didn't love the "stuff" he'd been blessed with, as the enemy suggested. Job loved God!
Stripped of nearly everything except his wife who advised him to curse God and die, Job replied,
...You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:10 (NIV)
We praise God for the things we have. We praise Him for honor bestowed on us. We praise Him for our positions, reputations, marriage, family, friendship, health, etc. But the question I want us to think about is this. What if God stripped us of one or even all of these things? Would we be like Job or would we curse God and die?
You might be thinking, "Well, God would never allow anything like that to happen to me!" Perhaps not but remember... God Himself called Job "perfect and upright" and yet... He allowed these things to happen to Job. So, once again I am asking us to consider the question. What if God...
The fire will try every mans work, of what sort it is. The Biblical meaning of 'fire', in the NT, is seriously misunderstood, by many of Gods people. We are indeed baptized in both, the Holy Ghost AND with fire. It destroys what is impure. Purity of gold is shown by the fire it must endure. So is our faith. I do not understand, these problems in interpreting those scripture, they are fully explained. Job proves much theology wrong, and that is the problem most have with it. The definition of faith is completely turned around of many today. It is a cross we are called to bear, and a path difficult to follow, the one Jesus trod. Satan was the one making all the promises of easy living, with fame and fortune. That oughta send up a red-flag, but some walk right past it, keeping the blinders on. Not gonna change a thing though, that fire is gonna 'try', just as scripture says, if we are His.
Great message. God Bless. billy