The Message of Job

The true Message of the Job might actually surprise some. Warren Weirsbe in his book, With the Word, wrote this: "It is usually said that the book of Job deals with the question, 'Why do the godly suffer?' Actually, the theme goes deeper than that. Satan accused Job of serving God only because God blessed him. Unfortunately there are people with 'commercial faith' who say to God, 'If you bless me, I will serve You.' Is our God worthy of our worship and service, or must He 'buy' us with His blessings? Satan was not only slandering Job; he was also slandering the Lord! He was saying, 'God would not have any followers if He did not reward them!'"

When I read this, it really made me check my heart. Why do I serve God…and do I really love God? When you love God, you serve Him – not to get from Him, not to be blessed by Him, not motivated by greediness or selfishness, but true love for God will move us to serve Him simply because He is wonderful, and He is worthy (Rev. 5:8); He died for me, and He even lives for me (Hebrews 7:25).

I pray that the satanic accusation in the book of Job would not be true of me. Satan says that the only reason Manny serves the Lord is because the Lord has protected him from the trials, tribulations and tragedies of life; that the only reason Manny serves the Lord is because God has given him family, friends and plenty of finances. May it never, ever, ever be true of me, O Lord. And if/when those hard times hit, in different degrees and in a variety of ways, may I be enabled and empowered to say like Job, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…" – Job 13:15

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