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My Favorite Book of the Bible - Job
My favorite book in the Bible
I have always considered Job as one of my favorite books of the Bible because it is a story that shows the ultimate devotion by a man that has suffered through extreme adversity yet does not blame God. It is a great lesson that is relevant throughout time up to present day. Job has had everything taken from him and faced extreme suffering, yet he still refuses to curse the name of God.
I work in a high stress job, an emergency center that is a level one trauma center, and every day that I show up to work I never know what I am going to see. It feels like on a daily basis I see the worst that humanity has to offer, bad things happening to good people, families that are hurting because their family or friends are ill, death, and much more. And there are many times that I feel like Job. No, I have not lost my family, my job, and I am not suffering from anything near what Job endured, but I am there to see the family that has lost their teenage son or daughter due to the thoughtless actions of someone who decided to get behind the wheel of a car drunk, the critically ill, the homeless, and others that are at some of the lowest points in their life. Things that make me not understand why God could make people suffer so much. There are many times in my life that I come home and will read Job's story and remember that our faith in God is constantly tested but we have to remember to keep our faith strong and no matter what, never let the negative side of life create a canyon in our love for God.
Some of my favorite passages from Job
Then 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." (NIV).
This verse has so much meaning to you as a servant to the Lord, but also to the small daily things that tempt us to curse God because we do not understand why day after day bad things happen to us. Whether you work in a job that throws the worst of humanity in your face, day in and day out, or you have lost everything during the recent economic downturn, or you just feel that livfe continuosly throws you the short end of the stick. It is important to remember the struggles placed upon Job and find the strength inside you to not blame God for these trials and tribulations and continue your devotion to God.
“I have heard many things like these;
you are miserable comforters, all of you!
Will your long-winded speeches never end?
What ails you that you keep on arguing?
I also could speak like you,
if you were in my place;
I could make fine speeches against you
and shake my head at you.
But my mouth would encourage you;
comfort from my lips would bring you relief."
These verses have always resonated strongly to me because it shows an extremely strong soul in a person. Although Job's friends are saying to him that he should accuse God for the suffering he is enduring. And, the above verses are Job's reply. They are words that only the truly devoted could utter.
For More Explanation of the Book of Job
Who was Job?
Job was a prominent and prosperous man that had seven sons and three daughters. He was also an extremely devout person. Job loses everything, thieves and lighting destroy his crops and livestock, a strong wind destroyed his house killing his ten children, and then satan inflicts sores all over Job's body. The entire time these catastrophes were going on Job not once cursed God, even though Job's wife and friends tempted him to curse God for the things he had loss and the suffering placed upon him.
What it means to be devoted?
Meriam-Webster dictionary defines devotion as "religious fervor". And if it were up to me to define the word devotion I would have to say it means to be committed to something on a daily basis. Devotion is the biggest part of our walk with God, but to me there is so much more to devotion than just religion. Religion plays an important part of our devotion, if not one of the most important parts, but to me devotion includes family, work, and service. If you are not devoted to your family then there is times when that could distract you from your relationship with God. In my case I feel that devotion plays a highly important part of my career choice. With all of the bad that I see, if I were not devoted to my work then I feel I would not be the best person to help these people in their time of need. Yes, all of it comes back to how devoted you are in your religious journey, but all are but one cog in the wheel that help us continue in a devoted manner to God.