13 Jul The Book of Job: A Closer Look On Life
The Book of Job is a story about a wealthy man named Job. Even though he lived a righteous life, Job goes through misfortunes in life. However God restored him and gave him double blessings after he passed the test of not cursing him. This story alludes how life can be like for Christians worldwide. We will list what we can learn from The Book of Job.
1. Fight the Good Fight of Faith
Fight the good fight of the faith… – 1 Timothy 6:12 Even though Job was righteous, God tested him through the works of Satan to see how strong was his faith and love for him. Since Job didn’t curse God but defended his righteousness, he won that battle. In return God blessed him at the end. Every temptation has a testimony following it if you resist Satan. So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7.
2. No Problem is Too Much to Bear
When Job went through his problems, he didn’t try to kill himself. Even when his wife tried to convince to curse God and die, he didn’t do it. Instead he cried onto God. As Christians, problems come but it’s not too much for us to bear. After we go through our trials, we become stronger because of it. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:13.
3. God is in Control
When Satan wanted to test Job, God made a condition each time. “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence. – Job 1:12. This shows that God is in control of all things, good or bad.
4. The Devil’s Strategies
There are different ways Satan attacked Job. Satan and his demons used fire and wind to kill his stock and family. They used diseases to torture Job. Satan also entered through his wife to convince Job to curse God. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” – Job 2:9. This how the enemies attack children of God today.
5. Hopeless Without Holy Spirit
The Book of Job shows how life is without the Holy Spirit. The story show we can be without having the Holy Spirit in our lives. We can be as ignorant as Job, his wife, and his friends. We can be helpless against Satan and his kingdom without the Holy Spirit. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. – 2 Timothy 1:14.
6. More Powerful Demons Than Satan
God mentions a powerful principality demon called Leviathan. Nothing on earth is its equal– a creature without fear. – Job 41:33. The ancient Hebrew word for Leviathan is לִוְיָתָן (luithn) which means dragon. A dragon is just an enormous snake that breathes fire. Satan is not the only serpent causing mayhem in the world. By reading verses about Leviathan, this demon is more powerful than Satan and most likely did Satan’s dirty work in the story of Job. This is why it is written, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. – Luke 10:19.