Monday, January 27, 2014

Living Through "Job's Life" - January 27, 2014

Job 1:1-5(New Living Translation)
1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

It all began as, "There once was a man named Job". So begins every life, an so begins the life of a righteous person. He was a good man; so good that he even sought to seek God's forgiveness for any sin's that his children may have committed. He spent each and every day, seeking God and living a life that was pleasing to God.

We all start life and if we pursue right living, and if we are authentic Christians, we try to live a life like Job's. Our goal as the faithful needs to be to live that way. Although Jesus Christ has already paid for all of our sins, past, present and future, our aim in life needs to be a life of righteousness. That is how we thank God for what He has done for us.

But what we will soon see, as we take a look at a "Job's Life", even though we may lead a life pleasing to God, that doesn't necessarily make us immune from the attacks of the enemy, and the troubles that surely come our way. Over the next several posts, we will look at the parallels of Job and what many good Christians are going through these days. We will try to study and learn the lessons that Job had to learn in all of this. We will look at "Why bad things happen to good people".

If you have never read the Book of Job, take out your Bible and get started. It is one of the oldest books, having been originally written over 4000 years ago, yet it's wisdom is timeless. Let's take a look, and I pray that God's truths will be revealed to you.

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