The Life of Job

What does faith look like? It seems I’m always trying to figure out what my life should look like as a follower of Christ. For the month of January we have been going through the book of Job at church. We have learned that Job was a righteous man,

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1).

God even credits Job for his faith,

“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” (Job 1:8).

I feel like I could learn a lot from this man when it comes to living my life in a way that is pleasing to Christ.

In Job 29, Job gives an explanation of what his life looked like as an upright man. Here are a few of the things on his list:

1. He was respected by society
2. He had an honored place among leaders
3. People spoke well of him
4. He helped the poor and orphans who had no one
5. He helped those who had lost hope
6. He caused widows hearts to sing for joy
7. All he did was just and honest
8. He served as eyes to the blind and feet to the lame
9. He fathered the poor
10. He made sure strangers received a fair trial
11. He broke the jaws of godless oppressors
12. People listened and valued his advice
13. He comforted those who mourned

When I look over this list I’m reminded of several scriptures throughout the bible that command us as believers to live in the way similar to the life of Job.

James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Job seems to have done this very well. See numbers 4 and 6 on the above list.

Paul also instructs us in Romans 15:15 to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Job’s number 13.

Job’s life also reminds me of the life of Jesus. In the book of Matthew and Luke, Jesus sends word to John the Baptist who is in prison, sharing some the miracles which Jesus has performed. “Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:4-5). Job didn’t perform miracles like Jesus did, but Job did help those in need. Look at numbers 8 and 9.

I’ve started to make my own list, sort of a new year’s resolution, for the upcoming year. My list contains ideas of how I can better serve those around me, especially the poor, needy, orphans, widows and those with no hope and how I can truly live out my faith. I encourage you to seek out ways God can use you to make a difference in the lives of others this year. The book of Job has definitely been an inspiration as I strive to be more like Jesus. Hopefully it can be a good starting point for you as well.

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