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STORIES OF FAITH: AN AFFLICTED RIGHTEOUS MAN



JOB, AN AFFLICTED RIGHTEOUS MAN: UNVEILING FOUR BLESSED THOUGHTS TO HOLD UNTO IN THE DAYS OF AFFLICTION. 



It was a bitter experience, it was a test of faith in which, one may be right by saying God is not there anymore. Talking about being moved to a hopeless wall or the situation in which the thought of compromising one’s standard in God will be the very best option; it was the test of faith and obedience that Job passed through.

Job the scripture says was a perfect and upright man, who feared God, and eschewed evil. He has seven sons: three daughters and four sons, and he was very wealthy.

Howbeit, everything he has was taken away from him; reason being that God allowed the devil to tempt him, so as to affirm God’s claim of Job devotion, uprightness and faith in Him.

Job's test of faith was dreadful and unexpected in that: all his children died, the ones in which he often perform sacrifices for their sins’ atonement. All his wealth, properties and everything he ever worked for and earned were destroyed while some were taken away from him. And the only thing left for him was his wife.

STORIES OF FAITH: NO TRIALS NO TRIUMPH; HER INFIRMITY DID NOT STAIN JESUS 

Further, God allowed the devil to touch Job’s health. He was then afflicted by the devil with boils which covers him from his head to his toes. A situation that was so much on him that he cannot stand but sit on ashes.

Curse God and die became the song his wife and friends sang to him, yet he would not do that. Rather, in all these bitter experiences; the scripture says (Job 1:20-22) Job rent his cloth, shave his head, fell down upon the ground and worshipped. Saying …”blessed be the name of the Lord…”. He sinned not, nor cursed he God. He trust God till the end.

NOTEWORTHY
HE WORSHIPPED GOD

“The thing I greatly feared is come upon me…” (Job 3:25) Job was a righteous man and he often performs his obligations to God, knowing fully well that God protects His devoted servants from evil. Nevertheless, the evil which he greatly feared, the purpose of which he was devoted to God for protection eventually came upon him.
Even then, he still goes on to worship God. “Even though it seems as if God did not protect him at that point in time. He acknowledge God’s sovereignty and blesses Him.

Job 1: 20-21
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.

This is therefore worthy of note and emulation. In whatsoever we are passing through, we don't use such an occasion to decry God, question or put blames on God. Instead, we should learn to worship God the more.

See this:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The truth is, the desire to give thanks when one is suffering or facing serious disappointment is not always there. But when we look at the Joy that will be set before us at the very end of the whole challenging situation, our heart and hands will be raised in giving thanks to the father.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Give thanks to God in all things: In sorrow, in joy, in pain and in gain… give thanks,

HE SINNED NOT: HE WAITED ON GOD

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly; 2:10c In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

He is in every position to speak ill of, or decry God, he is in every position to compromise his standard in God, yet, the scripture makes us to see that he will never do that.
His wife, and companions (friends) told him to curse God so that he may be relieved of his suffering and woes, instead, he chose to wait on God.

It is best we come to this understanding, that the test of faith or the suffering that so much beset us should not be an occasion for us to sin or compromise our standard in God.

SEE THIS:
Jesus was taken like a sheep to the slaughter, yet He opened not his mouth, Stephen was at stone to the point of death, yet he prayed for his tormentors.

The best we can do instead of decrying, blaming or blaspheming against God in our days of suffering is to wait on God.

GOD IS STILL THERE; HE IS WORKING IT OUT.

Many times when we are in distresses, we often think God is not there, of which most times, we are often ignorant of the fact that God is closer to us than ever before. The Devil was allowed to afflict Job. This he does so as to confuse and convince Job that God did not care about him or is not there anymore.

See this: Job cried out:
Job 30:21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.
The suffering of Job makes him to think and say that God has opposed or has become cruel to him, this he say simply because he knew not what God is planning on his behalf. He knew not that God is actually working it out and making a way out for him.

See this:
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

You see, when believers undergoes tough times; one of the schemes the devil use is to bend their believe and total trust in God; painting the picture of a wicked, opposing and non-caring God in their mind. And when this happens, becoming victorious will be short and forthcoming.

Are you therefore in any tough or challenging situations and you are being made to believe that God is not there again, neither did God care about you, nor is He working it out for you: this is therefore a call unto you never to give up on God, He is there for you and He is going to work it out for you. Amen.

ENDURE; ANSWER IS COMING 

The last chapter of the book of Job was filled with the testimonies of his restoration. The scripture says Job eventually endure to the end and God in turn restores the lost fortune unto him twice as much as he had before. He lived good old days and saw the fourth generation of his children.

We should therefore learn to endure, in no matter what we are passing through. Endurance and patience pays a lot. We should learn to totally wait on God.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Psalm 30:5 “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Conclusively, Joy is coming, God is going to do it for you, what your passing through is just for a little time and not for a lifetime. Hence, Worship God, sin not, believe God is there, and endure.

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