Job was no ordinary man. He was a highly honored Individual. He had wealth, prosperity, many possessions, and a fine family. Most important of all, Job was a godly man. He feared the Lord.
Job was tried through the circumstances of his own life. Jobs trials in the circumstances of his life took place in two worlds…..naturally and spiritually. He was tried in a natural world in his physical body, in the material realm, “”So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown” - Job 2:7, but his greatest test was his trial in the spiritual world, the world of his faith, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God” - Job 1:8.
Jobs trials came so fast that before he could recover from one blow, another was delivered. But in the midst of it all, there was thing that Job never lost: HE NEVER LOST FAITH IN GOD. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” - Job 1:22. He had confidence in God. “I can not see God or feel him, but it is all right” he confessed, because: …”he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” - Job 23:10.
Job was a perfect example of why the righteous suffer. Although his battles were both naturally and spiritually, it was really a spiritual battle. What was going on behind the scenes was a direct confrontation between the Lord and Satan with Job as the battleground. The Lord allowed Satan to test Job’s faith, whatever it took, but spare his life: “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life” - Job 2:6. As Job raised the shield of faith before Satan, he saw victory: “So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning” - Job 42:12-17.
Jobs accounts of multi-trials furnishes us with a parallel to the ordeals we go through in our own lives.
As the righteousness of God in Christ, when we put our trust wholly in God, our Redeemer...then we too can see God’s hand of restoration and blessing come into our own circumstances.
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