Monday, March 9, 2009

JOB 1





The story of Job is well known and a testament to all. Nonetheless, as I was reading in it, I was absolutely awed by his duty to God. How I could ever be like unto him, I know not. This man revered God more than any other.

Job was greatly blessed with many children and much substance.

“And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.”

“His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.”





Within the space of, I’m thinking, an hour or less, this is what happened to Job.

A band “fell upon them (the oxen) and took them away…and slayed the servants, and said the messenger…” And the servant said, “…and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said…”

Fire fell from heaven and “burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…” And the servant said, “…and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said…”

Three bands stole the camels and slayed the servants…“ And the servant said, “…and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”

“While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said…”

That while his “…sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house…” a wind came and blew down the house upon the young men, and they all died…” And the servant said, “…and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”



Now this is the part that absolutely amazes me.

“Then Job arose, and “rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped…”

“And said, ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” !!!

Job 1: 2-22

I cannot even imagine if I lost my children on top of all my small amount of substance in such a short time period, how I could praise the Lord. I have a long ways to go! What an example he is to all of us in his diligence to the Lord.



BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD

2 comments:

ukyankoz said...

I'm also amazed at Job's story; I really don't know that I would be able to handle trials like those with such faith!

(I saw your comment about the tea cups - I got the idea to grow herbs in them from a magazine, but you're right, they would be too small to grow for any length of time - maybe just to start out before replanting them?)

Zebu said...

ukyankoz,

Thanks for stopping by. :0) And yes, that would be a good way to start them...and cute, too. :)