SERVANTHOOD IN/THROUGH ADVERSITY

SERVANTHOOD IN/THROUGH ADVERSITY

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. —Job 1:1

And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil. —Job 1:8

  Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.  And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”  In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. —Job 1:20-22

 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason. —Job 2:3-6

            Job “possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east” (Job 1:3).  He also had seven sons and three daughters.  Within a very brief time frame Job is told that all of his animals were stolen or destroyed, his servants killed and that all his children died in a house collapse.

            God had said of Job that he “was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.”  He called Job “my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil.”  And again that “my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”

            God knew Job as His servant and Satan sought to prove that Job only served the Lord because things were going so well for Job.  Would Job still serve God when he lost all of his animals?  Would Job serve God when he lost most of his servants?  Would Job serve God when he lost all of his children?  Would Job serve God when he lost his health?  Would Job serve God when He lost the support of his wife?

            Does God know you as a servant?  Will you serve God only when things are going well?  Would you still serve God if you lost your Job?  Would you still serve God if you lost most of those around you that support you?  Would you still serve God if you lost all your children?  Would you still serve God if you lost your health?  Would you still serve God if you lost the support of your wife?  Will you… still… serve… God?

Dear Father may I serve You for the rest of my life regardless of the circumstances that I may be in.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqbKyeKOBI

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