Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
Job 1:8 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou not considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
As we read the early verses of the book of Job, we find not just one testimony about Job, but two! In those verses God Himself testifies of the character of Job. Wow! For God to say this about Job? A man who was a sinner, just like you and me? How honorable it must have been for God to speak so kindly about Job. The fact that GOD said that Job was someone who was upright, feared God, and separated from evil is a high honor, but God did not just stop there. God was willing to submit Job as a candidate to endure the devil’s testing, because of his remarkable faith. What a testimony!
We know the story. Satan went unto God to get permission to test His servant, Job. And in this first chapter, God only allows Satan to take away his belongings. If you read the in-between verses, you’ll see that Job had it made. He was a very wealthy man. He owned a great household, had a big family, owned lots of animals and land, countless servants that worked for him, and much more. But Satan would discourage Job by taking all of it away, including his 7 sons and 3 daughters.
But before all of this takes place, Satan himself gives testimony of Job in verses 9-10, as he is speaking to the Lord.
“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
Did Satan just call Job “blessed?” Wow! You must be pretty blessed if even the devil says so! This tells me that Job was not a prideful man. He was humble, faithful, serving God with everything He had, and was BLESSED with abundant riches in his life. It was so apparent, that even the Devil knew it!
What Job did with his life is no different from what God has called you and me to do. Be faithful, serve God, and live for Him.
Will you be blessed with abundant riches, a big house, a huge family and much more like Job? I don’t know. But certainly, Job was doing right, in order to get what he had, and to be where he was. But please realize teenager, it’s not about the riches. It’s not about what can I get out of God. For if you know the rest of the story, Job loses everything. Literally. His children, his home, his servants, his health, and so much more. And when it was all gone, there remained one thing that even the devil could not take away from him, even if he had God’s permission: His walk with God.
Job never sinned towards God. (God testifies of this too, in Job 1:22). His faithfulness towards God never changed. Job says in Job 27:4-10,
“My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?”
You can not choose your circumstances, but you can choose your attitude. You can choose to remain faithful. Don’t give up! Trust God.