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, Satan tested him in order to prove to God that he was not a faithful servant. 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 him 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 the Creator of All Things
When God appears in this story, he does not tell Job why he’s going through his problems. Instead God shows Job that he is the creator of all things. Through a whirlwind, God asks Job a series of questions of his creations. God also mentions both a type of dinosaur and a type of demon to show Job that he created both the things seen and unseen. We should keep that in mind when we are going through spiritual attacks and issues. God who created these things have authority over them. Through Christ, he has given us this authority as well.
4. The Devil’s Role
This is the only story in the Bible in which there is a dialogue between God and Satan. With this dialogue we find out the main role of the devil, which is to accuse mankind before God especially the righteous. With that it is important to always engage spiritual warfare to silence our accuser.
5. Hopeless Without Revelation
The Book of Job shows how life is without revelation from the Holy Spirit. Without it, we can be as ignorant as Job, his wife, and his friends. We can be helpless against Satan and his kingdom without revelation from the Holy Spirit (John 14:26
6. The Role of Demons and Principalities
Demons and principalities are mentioned in order that we can not be ignorant of their existence and their operations. One demon mentioned is Leviathan (Job 41:33). The Hebrew word for Leviathan is לִוְיָתָן (luithn) which means dragon. A dragon is just an enormous snake with legs that breathes fire. However this dragon lives in the sea which indicates that he is the principality over the marine kingdom. He is the king of the pride. So we get an illustration that people who are puffed up with pride are being controlled by the marine kingdom.
Another demon mentioned in this story is an unknown one who Eliphaz encountered. This demon did not have a body but can speak (Job 4:15-16). This demon lie to Eliphaz about God does not trust his servants and charge his angels foolishly (Job 4:18). This shows that demons has no limit on their treachery. They can lie about anything to anyone who is willing to hear. This is why people who have spirit guides should seek deliverance because these spirit guides are demons deceiving humans similar to this unknown demon.
7. The Former and the Latter
Job reminisced about the former times not knowing he would be more blessed in the latter times. One of his friends told him, Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. – Job 8:7. This should encourage us as Christians that no matter the problems we’re facing, our latter times will be more better than our former times. So don’t keep looking back at your past but look forward towards the future.