Truth in Trials

Job 2: Integrity in the Face of Trials

In Job 2:1-7, we are given a picture of the heavenly scene of what led to Job’s trials. God is approached by Satan, who is seeking permission to taunt Job – convinced it will lead Job to curse God. God knew Job. God knew Job’s spirit and love for Him, so he allowed Satan limited power concerning Job’s life. God gives Satan this instruction: “… he is in your poweronly spare his life.” (v. 6)

What would Satan do with such power?

“Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD
and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot
to the crown of his head.” (v. 7)

To smote, means to slay. The enemy would try to break down and destroy Job. The enemy would use Job’s health to detour him away from his walk with God. Our right relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the most powerful asset we have in our being. It’s not good health, money, or anything else. It’s our faith, and the Devil tried to destroy Job using his own health, family, friends, and financial issues.

In Job 1, before we know anything about Job (besides his name), we learn one thing about Job. The Scriptures teach us that he was blameless and full of integrity. Let’s look at vs. 1 of chapter 1:

“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was
Job; and that man was blameless,upright,
fearing God and turning away from evil.”

Job didn’t hold to society’s standards of what makes a noble man, but he was one who sought God. Job made God a priority in his life. Because he was a man who walked with God, he also stayed away from evil. Job was an instrument God would use for His glory! Job began to have health issues, but only after his children have been killed as his first test. Now, he would undergo a second. It wasn’t only facing his health, holding onto his faith and walk with God, but he also faced a hurtful comment from the wife: “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”

Yesterday, I visited a specialist and was given words I didn’t expect. “You need to see a urologist.” Another specialist? I didn’t face much questions spiritually speaking, but this next verse came to mind when I got home and began to process the appointment.

“But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish
women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God
and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”

Dear reader,

What are you facing today?
How can I pray for you?
Are you clinging to the hope found in Christ alone?
Are you struggling to hold fast to integrity?
How can your trials be used to strengthen you in Christ
and draw you deeper into His Word – the Bible?

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