Job

Can you hold out until the end?

Job is an incredibly inspirational man of God, with strong faith and relationship with God.  He had a supportive loving, big family, livestock in abundance, servants and wealth. Job would even sacrifice a burned offering on behalf of his children, in case they had offended God in some way.
One day, due to a series of events, in a matter of minutes his livestock, servants and family were all taken from him.
Job got up, tore off his robe and fell to the ground in worship. In all this, Job did not sin by blaming God for his circumstances.  A profound response from a man whose entire life has just been turned upside down.

Another day came and Job’s misfortune continued, he was now covered in painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. In so much pain and heartbroken he went and sat among the ashes. Which would be the equivalent of a pile of trash outside of Uz, which was been burned and turned to ash. His wife then approached him and questioned his integrity, telling him he should rather just curse God and die. Job, whose life has been turned upside down, whose heart is broken, is in physical agony and his wife has just turned against him, replies; ‘should we only accept the good from God and not the bad?’

Boys who volunteered in the beginning of the message, have now been standing, until further instruction, with an Ice Zoo Biscuit in their hand, each biscuit representing what has been taken from job. After holding the biscuit in their hand for some time, each boy’s biscuit was taken away, representing what was taken from Job. No doubt that the boys, in some small way, could identify with Job.

I find Job’s reaction to his inner and outer turmoil, inspirational. During the whole period, he never sinned by blaming God, even though at a stage he had three friends trying to convince him otherwise. 
Over time, God gave Job back all he had lost and more. Job was rewarded for his faithfulness.  The volunteers received two biscuit for their efforts.

Job knew that God has our best interest at heart and that He will always work everything out for the good of those who love Him. Job loved God and devoted all to Him, Job knew that he didn’t have to worry. In life we are faced with trials and temptations all the time, I find myself referring back to Job when going through such times in my own life. Job’s story reminds me of God’s faithfulness, God’s love for me, the He will never leave me nor forsake me and he has my best interest at heart in every situation and circumstance.