Desire God’s Approval

“Then 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, one who fears God and shuns evil?'” Job 1:8; 2:3 NKJV

God said there was none like Job in all the earth because of his godliness. The world does not esteem what God esteems. The world passes away with its lusts, but he who does the will of God abides forever. Better to receive the approval of the Creator than that of the creature.

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Responding To Difficulty and Disappointment

Job definitely had some problems–

  • All his kids were killed
  • All his earthly possessions were taken away
  • He was afflicted with bodily ills and pain
  • His wife encouraged him to “curse God and die”

Despite his problems, he was a godly man of genuine faith:

…he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

‘Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?’

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

How encouraging and instructive for the difficult and disappointing situations we face in life!