“But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.”
Job had made a life of helping those who needed help.
Living 1800 years before Christ, Job lived the Christian religious ethic – help widows and orphans.
He had been incredibly blessed with material wealth and this led to his high public standing. He was respected by both the younger and older citizens. And he used his wealth to help the poor, fatherless, the sick and dying, and the widows.
He was the “eyes to the blind and feet to the lame” (29:15).
He felt fulfilled in living out this ethic and thought he would die a happy and comfortable man.
But then came the Accuser. He lost it all. Not only his material wealth, his children, and his health, but also his standing in society.
Those he had helped turned their backs on Job when he needed their help.
“They abhor me; they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me” (Job 30:10).
None of this is fair. After all, Job had used his wealth and standing for good! He had used it all to help those around him. But when Job needed help himself, they all turned their backs on him.
Even his three friends, who had originally came to comfort him, ended up turning on him. They accuse him of some grievous sin! For surely, they reasoned, God would not be punishing him if he was innocent!
But what looks like punishment isn’t! Looks can be deceiving!
But everyone around Job is also being tested! They had received blessings through Job. Would they, in turn, bless Job?
According to Job’s words in chapter 30, they do not!
It is not fair, but it is reality!
Our world has never been “fair.” Today, we have civic leaders who say one thing and do something else.
One elected official once said, “We have to pass the bill in order to know what’s in the bill” but a few years later refused to vote on a similar bill because she did not know what was in the bill. What had changed? She was no longer in the majority leadership.
In the world, people tend to take and take from other people but balk at giving when it is asked of them.
It isn’t fair, but it is reality.
Job is being tested. The people around Job are being tested.
We are being tested. Why do we believe in God? Why do we trust him? Why do we help other people?
The answer to these questions are found more often than not through tests.
Is Jesus your all? You will really only know the answer to that question when Jesus is all you have!
Do these tests seem cruel? They can appear to be. But remember this, God only tests (disciplines) those he loves!
And God loves you very much! So much so that he saves you from your sins through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ!
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