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Devotional - week of February 2, 2014


MESSAGE FROM JOB

Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"  Job 1:8

Job was born thinking he was wise (Romans 1:22). By his wisdom he became a rich, prominent and a morally pure man. He also was a proud man. He believed in God but because of faith in himself he had no fellowship with Him. To take away Job’s arrogance, God permitted Satan to do with him as he pleased. Job lost his animals, children, health, wife’s respect, reputation, and fellowship with his friends and family.

Then God spoke to Job and said, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me." (Job 38:2-3) God’s questions revealed Job’s pride. Job answered, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.

In Job 40:9, God responded with, “Have you an arm like God?” In verses 11-12, God then tells Job what he would have to do to be like him: among those words were, “Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him. Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low." This surely let Job know that God was permitting his suffering to take away his pride.

In 40:14-41:34, God asks Job about how he would deal with behemoth and leviathan—two vicious animals God described to Job. Job answered: “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; you said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer me’.I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:3-6). God knew that Job’s pride had been broken. He then restored to Job in double what He had permitted Satan to take away.

We all were born thinking we are wise. Some of our suffering is from God breaking our faith in ourselves that we might enjoy living the abundant life by faith in Him.