Lessons Learned from Job


By: Wanda Fielder

   I cannot relate to Job!  Can you?  I can’t say that I have empathy for him because I have never lost all my children.  I’ve never lost my home and all my possessions.  I have never been covered in non-healing sores and been told by my companion to just give up.  However, I can learn a huge impacting lesson from his experiences, and I will!

Job was the father of seven sons and three daughters, and life was going quite well for them.  Satan challenged the Lord suggesting that Job only lived for Him due to the blessings he received.  We read that God allowed Job to be tested through the loss of his servants, his animals, and finally his children.  Job himself was stricken with boils from head to toe and was encouraged by his wife and friends to give up.  Yet, he remained faithful.  Yes, he became weary but never entertained the thought of turning his back on God.   

Three outstanding messages that speak loudly to me from Job’s intense complications and his reactions to them are as follows.

Faithfulness brings reward.
It would have been so easy for Job to lose faith in God and simply give up with all the negativity surrounding him.  However, the tenacity he displayed through the entire trial and being faithful to his creator, brought abundant reward to him in the aftermath.  Stay true to God, and He will take care of you!  Life brings many challenges and deterrents in our pathway, but our final reward is heaven.  Whether you go by way of the grave or you remain until the rapture, I can guarantee that you will be rewarded for faithfulness to Him.

Determination requires a made-up mind.
To endure the extreme situations brought upon him required Job to have a fixed purpose of intent.  Once his mind was resolute, no one could cause him to waver.  No amount of persuading whether from family or friend changed his course.  Job’s tenacious spirit carried him through the worst of situations.  Several chapters in Job portray the discouraging dialogue of his friends.  No matter whose voices attempt to make you vacillate;  be strong, be courageous, and don’t be swayed by naysayers!

Victory follows sorrow.
Who could have ever dreamed the blessings brought upon Job after such devastation? God once again gave him seven sons and three daughters and an abundant quantity of livestock.  The Bible declares that he received twice as much as he had before.  The daughters were stated to be the most beautiful in the land.  God even allowed him to see four generations.  Victory will follow sorrow when you follow God’s plan for your life.

Even though I may not be able to relate to the horrendous trial that Job faced, I am still learning lessons from his faithful, dedicated life!

Job 1:21,  . . . the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.   





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