Lets talk about Job

We are going to explore the hardships of Job and his commitment to God.

Brianna Gusler

9/20/20232 min read

Job was a blameless and upright man who feared God. He was faithful to God and trusted in God with his life. Job 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. One day when the Devil arrived in front of God, God told the devil how faithful Job was. The devil told God that Job was only faithful because of the way God had protected Job and blessed him. God told the devil to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health (but not his life). God then removed Job's protection. God did this because he wanted to prove the devil wrong and prove that Job was a faithful servant to the Lord.

Job had lost everything after God's protection was removed. Instead of cursing God, he remained steadfast in his faith and continued to trust in God. Even when his friends and family members advised him to curse God and die, he refused to do so. We see a lot of signs of Jobs' depression and his despair in the bible and how he wished that he was never born. Job's friends try to convince him that he is being punished by God for something he did. Job remains to pray to God and stay loyal to God's word.

At the end of Job, we see that God restores everything that Job had once before and he also doubles the amount of Job's livestock. God was rewarding Job for the amount of loyalty he had towards the Lord. For whatever God gives, he can take away and whatever God takes away, he can give back. We also learn that sometimes God puts us in the dark to show us that he is the light.

A lesson we learn in Job is when "Well-meaning" friends approach us and say "God put it on my heart to tell you.." You must go to God ourselves and pray that he shows us if there is any truth in their words, rather than reacting with hostility. Seek God's perspective and let that calm and shape our responses to anything we may be going through. Staying steadfast to God's words and God's promises will ensure that we come out on the other end of any stresses or losses. Sometimes we have to look to the heavens above and ask the Lord to teach us what we cannot see in the bad situations of life. God is not punishing us when he puts us through rough times, he is simply preparing us for better things to come. The best thing we can do when we feel like Job did and constantly curse our own life, is to stay faithful like Job and constantly pray to God to bring us out of the other side.

Today I pray that you find this helpful and that you find a reason to turn to God when you feel depressed, lonely, or tired, if you have anxiety or any other mental disorders. Ask God to show you what you cannot see and ask him to guide you closer to him and make you stronger. I pray that you find the peace that I did, in God's promises. I pray that not only you are faithful to God, but your children and your children's children are faithful to God. I pray you break all generational trauma and that you find hope. In Jesus name, AMEN.

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