Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Job 1:1-3 (NIV)
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job 1:1-3 (MSG)
Job was a man who lived in Uz. He was honest inside and out, a man of his word, who was totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had seven sons and three daughters. He was also very wealthy—seven thousand head of sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a huge staff of servants—the most influential man in all the East!
“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God [with reverence] and abstained from and turned away from evil [because he honored God]. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. He also possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke (pairs) of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very great number of servants, so that this man was the greatest [and wealthiest and most respected] of all the men of the east (northern Arabia).” -AMPLIFIED
We now enter into the story of Job. This book is named after the main character, Job, but was not written by him. The author is never identified, but it is believed that he was an Israelite; for we find reference throughout the book to Yahweh or the Lord. There are those who believe that the book was written by possibly Elihu, Moses or Solomon.
Job is the first book to fall into the Books of Wisdom in the Old Testament of the Bible. The book is an interesting combination of prose and poetry. No other book in the Bible takes this approach by its writer.
Though Job has a whole book dedicated to him and his story we still have many unanswered questions about him. One being, when did he live? This question has been asked by many theologians and many have come up with various answers, but we do not know for sure. If you would like to study the various arguments the Amazing Bible Timeline shares these various viewpoints. (https://amazingbibletimeline.com/blog/job-bible-timeline/)
We do know that Job was from the land of Uz; which was located in the Northern area of Arabia. It is believed to have been in close proximity to Edom of old. This would have place Uz southeast of Israel.
One of the key verses in the book can be found in chapter 1, verse 1. We are told here that Job was a good man, blameless and upright, a man who was devoted to God. The Voice Version tells us, “He was a very good man—his character spotless, his integrity unquestioned. In fact, he so believed in God that he sought to honor Him in all things. He deliberately avoided evil in all of his affairs.” Job took his relationship with God seriously. We see that he chose to turn from evil because he honored God. This man chose to live a holy life out of reverence to the Almighty.
This honor and reverence for God did not go unrewarded; for we can see that he was a wealthy and blessed man.
“He had 7 sons and 3 daughters; he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a large number of servants. Among Easterners, he was the most powerful and influential man.” -(VOICE)
We will see in Job’s story that a whole lot of bad things happened to this good man. He endured the loss of everything that he owned. He lost his family. He endured physical pain and suffering. This book will deal with issues that we all need to grasp and understand.
* Bad things happen to good people. Pain and suffering are part of life.
* God really does care about his people.
* God should be worshiped simply because He is God.
* God can handle our tough questions.
* We may not always understand the “whys” of things happening in our lives.
* In the end, all things work together for good for those who love God.
“Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control. His sovereignty is absolute. Everything that happens is uniquely ordained by God. Sovereignty is a weighty thing to ascribe to the nature and character of God. Yet if He were not sovereign, He would not be God. The Bible is clear that God is in control of everything that happens.” -Joni Eareckson Tada ( Is God Really in Control, Joni and Friends)
We need to remember that God’s ways are perfect. We may not understand them, but He is a good God who wants the best for His children.
* “As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the Lord is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless]; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” -Psalm 18:30 (AMP)
* “My intentions are not always yours, and I do not go about things as you do. My thoughts and My ways are above and beyond you, just as heaven is far from your reach here on earth.” -Isaiah 55:8-9(VOICE)
* “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (AMP)
* “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.” –1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)
* “For it was fitting for God [that is, an act worthy of His divine nature] that He, for whose sake are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the author and founder of their salvation perfect through suffering [bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest].” -Hebrews 2:10 (AMP)
“No plan of God’s can be thwarted; when He acts, no one can reverse it; no one can hold back His hand or bring Him to account for His actions. God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, and works out every event to bring about the accomplishment of His will. Such a bare unqualified statement of the sovereignty of God would terrify us if that were all we knew about God. But God is not only sovereign, He is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom.” -Jeff Bridges (Trusting God)
Job’s life is a reminder to us all that God is in complete control of our lives; nothing happens to us unless He allows it to happen. Yes, He will often allow pain and suffering to affect us, but even in those times He is still in complete control. Those times are being used for His purposes. Through those difficult situations we are growing and learning to be totally dependent on Him.
“He not only is sovereign, and has a sovereign right to dispose and order in that affair; and He not only might proceed in a sovereign way, if He would, and nobody could charge Him with exceeding His right; but He actually does so; He exercises the right which He has.” -Jonathan Edwards
God Almighty, you are God alone, Sovereign over all. You are the Creator, I am the created. I choose to trust your leadership and guidance. I submit to your will in my life. Whatever comes my way, help me to trust your decisions; for I understand that your way is best. You are God, my faith is resting in you!