The Humility of Job
My Favorite Bible Personality
For me, the answer to the question "who is your favorite Bible personality?" is Job, without a doubt. The humility he displays all throughout the book of Job is remarkable, and I would thank God if I could say that I was even half as humble as Job was. The "troubles" that have happened in my own life pale in comparison to what Job suffered, and yet he was so much more humble and did not sin in his response to the troubles. Like any human, he sinned in other ways, but his humility is what impresses me.
My Favorite Part of Job's Story
Straight from the NIV, let me share with you my favorite part of the story from the great book of Job, which is the first part of chapter two:
[Job 2] 'On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2And the Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
3Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."
4"Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. 5But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."
6The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life."
7So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.'
I really love that passage; it demonstrates so clearly what our own response should be when we encounter trouble in this world. We should not curse God and die, but rather have a humble mindset of "shall we accept good from God and not trouble?"
The amazing thing about this is that in chapter one, Job had his entire life ruined, and yet he did not blame God. He ripped his shirt but then he praised God that he even had such an amazing life in the first place. It's almost ridiculous how different this response is to what someone today would do. Imagine the scenario for yourself...
Joe walks home to discover his house aflame, and the whole fire department squad laying around it, dead. One firefighter who is barely alive tells him of what happened, and before he is done talking, a good friend of Joe's tells him that his family all died in the fire. Before his friend is finished talking, a representative from the bank Joe uses tells him that their financial records have been destroyed, and he has lost all his money (this is before FDIC came around, okay?) Then before that man is done speaking, Joe's financial advisor comes up to Joe and tells him that all his friends have lost their money too, so he has nowhere to go for help. Now imagine what the average Joe's reaction would be. Wouldn't he immediately yell, "Why God, why? How could you do this to me? I hate my life!"
While that's a really unlikely scenario, it's still amazing that Job's response was so humble and accepting of God's will. Job was, in effect, saying to God, "I don't know what your will is, but I will bend to it and trust you to handle the rest." And what did God do? He went on to reward Job with a life even better than the one he had before. Job ended up with twice as much as he had before; seven sons and three daughters, more flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, and many more blessings than he could ever imagine.
So what I'm going to do now is to give you a dare. I'm going to dare you to trust God. I dare you, that, next time something horrible happens, if you don't immediately blame God, but instead thank him for what you still have (which is a lot more than Job had) then wait and see if God doesn't bless you for it. Have you lost a family member? Job lost all of his family at once! Sure, his wife lived, but you saw how much help she was. Have you lost a lot of money? Job lost everything he had. Have you been afflicted with boiling sores all over your body? (just think about that for a minute...boiling sores from the soles of your feet to the top of your head...there's a few places I know I wouldn't want those). Well, it doesn't matter what you lost or what happened to you. Chances are it's nowhere near as bad as what happened to Job. So I dare you to be humble in regards the boiling sores in your own life, and instead trust everything to God. Just wait and see if you don't end up with twice as many blessings as you had before.
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