I'm a work in process. Sometimes I enjoy it and sometimes I don't. These past several weeks - not so much. I could give you a list, but what would that accomplish?
Suffice it to say that I KNOW God is at work.
How do I know that? Because He does things like shake up my life - all of it...marriage, kids, work, school, finances, business, everything.
Yeah, He loves me THAT much.
Know what else? He urged me to sign up for the Winter - Hello Mornings Challenge. I didn't look into it...I just went and signed up. What are we studying you may ask...Why, Job of course.
Go figure. I love the Bible. And I know it's God's love letter to me.
But really God? Job?
Now, in this season?
Yes daughter, in this season.
He loves me SO much, He's reminding me how a man, a regular man, with a wife, 10 kids, and all of the stuff that we deal with on a daily basis, dealt with a boat-load of adversity.
We finished the first chapter today. Yep, just the first chapter...
Actually, I could have parked there for weeks. So much. So real. So life.
Let me share a few of my "take-aways" from this first chapter...
1. Job was a regular guy.
He had regular issues. He had a wife and kids - 7 sons and 3 daughters.
I'm sure he had some sort of job because verse 3 lists his possessions and ends with "this man was the greatest of all the people of the East." He was a busy and important guy.
His lifestyle wasn't wrapped up in that though. Verse 1 indicates that Job was "blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." My Bible has a great footnote that says because Job was blameless and upright doesn't mean he was without sin, it means his daily life pattern was toward righteousness and away from evil.
A daily life pattern. Toward righteousness. Away from evil.
In verse 8, God describes Job as blameless and upright.
Now, who on earth wouldn't want Almighty God to say that about them?
2. Job was not exempt from trials.
We all know the book. We may even know some of the trials he faced. But have we stopped to think that he was a regular guy facing these trials?
Now, God was aware of what was happening - He always is. In verse 12 - He even put a limit on what satan could do - he couldn't "lay a hand" on Job - he couldn't touch his physical body.
So satan did what he does - what he still does to this day. He used people - the Sabeans and Chaldeans as well as natural elements - fire and wind to take away Job's children and possessions.
3. Job's response was exactly what God expected.
Verse 20 "Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshipped." WHAT? His kids, his stuff it's all gone and he's worshipping?!?
If only I could say that that is my response to trials. I can't. More often than not, I complain, cry, moan and groan but I don't set my heart to worship in those times.
And finally, verse 22 - "In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong." Again, I wish I could say this is my response, but honestly, this Jesus-girl has a long way to go when it comes to dealing with trials.
In my mind, I can almost imagine Job in the midst of his worship saying something like...
"This - all of this is not God's fault.
And because it's not God's fault,
I'm going to worship Him through these situations,
because I KNOW that I know HE is faithful,
HE is true, and HE loves me."
I don't know about you, but I want that to be my response in all matters, my prayer at all times. I want to become a woman who lives her life toward righteousness and away from evil - daily - creating a daily life pattern that is pleasing to God - so pleasing in fact that He can't help but take notice...
What do you think? Are you reading through Job too?