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Job Never Ever Gave Up

Job Never Ever Gave Up

The book of Job stands preeminent as it represents the pure moral personality, the holiness, the unchallengeable justice, the wisdom, the omnipotence, the absolute sovereignty, these characterizes of God are represented throughout the book. We may challenge some of the obscurities and difficulties (in the book of Job) and other aspects, but this one thing the sovereignty of God stands out supreme. The writings of this book provide, us a view of God; as a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. The book of Job amplifies all of these attributes, as being transcending glory and unmeasurable and eternal in each of these attributes. Job 11:7 (ESV) 7 “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? In this chapter of Job there are many more descriptions of God: His perfection, higher than heaven, longer than the earth, broader than the sea, extending beyond all space, etc. What becomes very interesting is that some of these beliefs that are established in the book of Job, may be the foundation of many religious beliefs, and could very well be some of the earliest ideas of death and of life after death.

Job also presents the idea that we are pilgrims and sojourners in this life, and the covenant idea is also found in the book, and the power of an endless life which is also repeated in Hebrews 7:16. There were so many other concepts in the book of Job, but space does not allow us to visit at this time.

One of the things that helps keep us from giving up when difficult times occurs, we know that our Redeemer lives. Psalm 69:18 (ESV) 18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me; ransom me because of my enemies! Psalm 119:154 (ESV) 154 Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise! Job 14:13 (ESV) 13 Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!

The book of Job describes; there was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, he was blameless and upright, he feared God and turned away from evil. He was a very wealthy man had 7 sons, 3 daughters, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. The Bible tells us that he was one of the greatest of all the people of the East. In one day, he lost all of his family except his wife and all of his possessions. Then sometime later he was afflicted with boils from head to toe. He was setting in the city dump scratching his boils with broken pottery. When three of his friends came to visit him. They sit with Job in the city dump for 7 days without saying a word. Then they begin to debate about the cause of all of his problems, convicting Job of sin. They did not provide much comfort to Job. During all of this debate Job Never Ever Gave Up. He continued to have faith in God, and relied upon God that he would deliver him from this awful adversity that he was experiencing.

I don't know about you, but I have great difficulty in being able to visualize myself in such a situation. What would I do? Would I condemn God? There have been times in my life when I have questioned God. What about you? Have you had such times in your life?

During the debate with his three friends Job had many times wanted to stand before God and question Him. After all of the condemnation that Job received from his three friends. Job finally got his opportunity to question God. God speaks to Job from a whirlwind.

Job 42:1–6 (ESV) 1 Then Job answered the Lord and said: 2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

From Job’s statement here we learn that Job was satisfied with the conversation he had with God. His vision of God has been expanded beyond all previous bounds, that he had held prior to his conversation with God. He has a new appreciation of the scope and harmony of God’s world, of which he is but a very small part. As he realizes this it does not make him feel insignificant. But he learns that looking at ordinary things he knows that he can begin to imagine what it must be like to be God. The world is a very beautiful and terrifying place and in it all God is everywhere, and is all-powerful, wise and more mysterious than we can ever imagine. We only see a very small part of His handiwork. The Lord spoke to Job. That fact alone is marvelous beyond our comprehension. Job has grown in wisdom. He has become delighted and ashamed.

His first spontaneous outburst, so different from the reserve of his reply at the end of his experience.

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