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A Surprisingly Good Man

As Satan gloats over the progress of his rebellion, God asks, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:8).

So I find myself absorbed in the memoirs of Job. What made him such a stand-out in the eyes of God?

In the 29th and 31st chapters of his story I find this troubled man with a funny name longing for the kind of life he had before he lost his family, wealth, and health. Interestingly, in resisting the suggestion of his friends that he must be suffering because of a scandal he won’t admit, Job gives us our earliest example of a surprisingly good man.

In his own words, Job recalls how he had used the days of God’s favor to go to the rescue of the poor, the fatherless, and those who had no help. Of those better days he says, “I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the case that I did not know. I broke the fangs of the wicked, and plucked the victim from his teeth” (29:12-13; 15-17).

But this is just the beginning of Job’s reflection. In the 31st chapter of his story he goes on to say that he knew that he would have deserved the kind of trouble that had come to him if he had lusted after a woman, lived with deceit, or despised the needs of his workers. He says that if he has deprived the poor, discouraged the widow, or ignored the fatherless, then he would even be willing to call curses on himself.

That’s not all. Job goes on to add that if he has put his trust in his wealth, wished evil on his enemy, withheld hospitality to travelers, covered his sin, allowed fear to keep him from speaking in behalf of others, or even sinned against the land that gave him harvest, he would readily accept his punishment.

It’s true that, being a man of great wealth, Job had the means to help others  in ways, and to a degree,  that we could not. But how do we explain that he had such a finely tuned sense of social conscience, while the rest of the world was giving the Devil a lot to brag about?

And how is it that, with all of the knowledge of the Bible, I have spent so much of my life thinking that my social responsibility shakes down to believing a few of the right things?

Bible reference works consistently say that the story of Job reflects the time period and Middle East culture of 2000 BC.

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65 Responses to “A Surprisingly Good Man”

  1. sawaybon says:

    There is no question that Job was exemplary in his character and in his social responsibility. The thing that I can’t understand is why, if that is the case, he “despises himself and repents in dust and ashes” (41:6). Good character and social responsibility leave us lacking something, it appears, in our relationship with God. Job must have been wrong at some point — otherwise, he would not have needed to repent. Where was he wrong?

  2. sawaybon says:

    Not related to today’s topic, but I have a prayer request. In the past, I have noticed that this forum becomes a prayer community for people in need, and I wish to draw on that support as well today. I am scheduled to have surgery at 11:30 CST this morning. I am grateful for the timing of this surgery in the sense that it was only scheduled a week ago. However, my concern is that the recovery time not interfere with the completion of my studies and the preparation to leave for Malaysia in mid-July. Specifically, my prayer is that today’s surgery will be sufficient to correct the problem, and a follow-up surgery will not be necessary. That would complicate our plans for the near future. Thank you for joining me in praying in that regard.

  3. bretnb says:

    Sawaybon …I will be praying for you!

    The story of Job reminds some times, that just because we are walking with God and have a close relationship with him does not keep us from harm, and bad things

  4. SFDBWV says:

    Ah, the Book of Job…. We all identify with Job’s suffering at some point in our lives. But rarely do we honestly compare ourselves with his goodness, his innocence.

    Job’s story reflects to me that God will do whatever he pleases. That no matter how close we feel we are to knowing God, there are going to be unanswered questions that we will strain at and ask explanation of. That there are hidden knowledge in God we may never be able to comprehend. And so must simply trust that God is who he is and in total control of all things, good and bad.

    I could say that Job did not have the blessing of the Holy Spirit living in him as we do now with the fullfillment of the Messiah and indwelling of the Holy Ghost. That if he had, maybe his story would have been very different.
    Job knew he would live again and knew his redeemer lived. He knew his good deeds did not save him,but wondered why he was being punished. Just as we all do.

    Job’s story is recorded so that we may learn about God. And our place with Him.

  5. SFDBWV says:

    sawaybon, Add us as to praying for you today. There is great power when God’s people pray.

    Steve, Glenna & Matt

  6. mtman says:

    The good part is that Satan threw everything he had at Job and failed. Job was clearly a good man that stood out as good in God’s eyes or Satan would not have accepted him to test. Any committed Christian can tell you when you turn your live over to the Lord you will be tested in ways you could not imagine. The closer you get the more the test. Maybe that is why we have fence straddlers these days.
    Seems to me Job was pretty much like people today when something goes wrong. He went down the list of things he knew he did right but looked to blame something for his misfortune. Don’t we still do that today? “I don’t know what I did wrong but I must have done something wrong – look at my miserable circumstances.”
    Job examined himself carefully. Good lesson there for us professed believers.
    I also think some confuse social conscience with our walk with the Lord. If we are being faithful to our creator we will be drawn to be socially conscious. If we believe what we are being taught by our Lord we have no choice but to do those things that are right in His sight. But if we only want to do what is right socially we will not necesssarily be drawn to our Lord, we will only be good people for the wrong reason. We need to keep our priorities in the right order.
    Enoch was another example. Genesis 5:24 right in the middle of genology it says ” Enoch walked with God; and he was not,for God took him.” Where else does it say that in the bible? No where I can find. Boy, to be like Enoch…
    I think it speaks volumns that God showed no hesitation when Satan wanted to test Job. God knows what he is doing and with all the misery that Satan brought upon Job, Job held up. Even when his friends (?) tried to convince him he had done something wrong. That may have occured 2000 BC but mankind doesnt’ seem that different to me today. “Lord what have I done wrong to bring this on myself?”

  7. laney says:

    Sawaybon, Read your post and I have you covered in prayer for your surgery.Also Prayed for your trip to Malaysia.

    I think the reason Job had a sense of social conscience was because Like David,Job was a man after Gods own heart.He daily must have been seeking and walking with the Lord to be so blameless in Gods sight and have this sense of social conscience.I also think the rest of the people around him knew about God but did not have that deep abiding relationship with the father like job did.These are my thoughts maybe I’m wrong.But thats what I get out of reading this.

  8. laney says:

    Also when Job despises himself and repents in ashes shows me that only a person who is close to the father would feel so unworthy and unclean in his Holy prescence.

  9. pegramsdell says:

    Sawaybon, I’m praying for you and your surgery to go well. Also, praying for your upcoming trip.

    I think Job discovered that he really didn’t “know” God like he thought he did. He was as upright as a man can be, but he really didn’t understand what God was all about. His ways are higher and His thoughts are higher.

  10. laney says:

    I’m sorry I’m off topic but I just heard that The FDA ok’s the morning after pill for 17 year olds.These children are allowed to go into the drug store without a parents permission or knowledge and without a prescription and get this pill.Please pray for our youth and our country.The Lord hates abortion.This just made me feeling very ill after reading this.

  11. SFDBWV says:

    Laney, Our government has failed to uphold the Christian majority for so long that we have produced a new nation of Godlessness. It shows in every area of daily life. The family suicide murders we see almost daily now are a result of hopelessness.

    However it is never too late. We need to pray for revival of our great land and for our leaders to “listen” to their conscience. Instead of the loud and squeaky minority.


  12. daisymarygoldr says:

    sawaybon, you are in my prayers for- your surgery, your studies and your trip to Malaysia…

  13. laney says:

    SFDBWV, It just breaks my heart to see what is happening to our nation.It can also be quite frightening and overwhelming when I see Gods hand of judgement on this nation for our treatment of Israel and for the sins of our nation.I do continue to keep our country in prayer.Some days though I’m not even sure how to pray anymore.

  14. pegramsdell says:

    Laney, I know how you feel about not knowing how to pray somedays….Although I’m sure it’s okay to pray at anytime for anything (can’t hurt). Maybe this scripture can help you….
    (Romans 8:26)…26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

  15. laney says:

    SFDBWV, It also greives me so that it dosen’t have to be this way.The Lord said if my people who are called by my name would seek his face and turn from their wicked ways he would heal our land.Why just why don’t the people of God do this.Can’t they see what is happening to our country.Don’t they care.Or are their heads so in the ground that they do’t even see what is happening.

  16. laney says:

    PEGRAMSDELL’ thanks for the reminder of the Holy spirit helping me when I pray.Now I need to remember that when I’m praying and get stuck not knowing which way to pray.

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  18. mtman says:

    I can see your frustration, and know that you are not alone in being frustrated. As I wrote before people just seem to have blinders on or don’t want to see. Even when the harm is pointed out to them they still refuse to see. Because we are a society of feelings we certainly don’t want to say anything that might hurt someones feelings. Instead we have learned to accept all sorts of sinful things either by platatudes or silence. If you disagree you are labled something or other to diminish you. Your frustration is very real and any prayer has to proceed through the Holy Spirit because we simply don’t know how or what to pray for. It all tends to make me think that many are just plain self centered and refuse to accept anything they can’t or don’t want to deal with. Sad commentary. It points out to me that many in todays world are at the opposite end of the spectrum from Job or Enoch. Maybe that is why there is so much talk about our Lord coming back. For those who have a Christian conscience like those who participate on this blog – it is apparent what is happening. But for those others who do not have that grounding they will fiddle while everything burns down around them. We can only do what we are called to do and then do that to the best of our ability. The rest has to be left to our Lord’s will.

  19. ttl7praz says:

    Good morning everyone! I would like to focus on the question as to whether Job was the only righteous man surrounded by a sea of devils during that time. I would like to think that was not the case but Job was simply further along in his relationship with God (past the “milk” stage) and since we know He never puts more on us than we can bare, God knew that Job would be able to handle the added heat and still come out as pure gold. That is how it is with seasoned Christians today. To whom more is given (including knowledge), more is expected and God expects those of us who continually seek a closer relationship with Him to keep ourselves prepared in the event that we are chosen as the next illustration of faith in His kingdom agenda. Sawaybon, I, too, am praying for you and your surgery to go well. Also, praying for your upcoming trip.

  20. rokdude5 says:

    Sawaybon, Youre on my list too. I pray all is well with you.

    What blows my mind about Job is what he said in Job 6:10. This one of the passages that I came across in my daily reading of the Bible and quickly added to my list of memorized verses to help me out when God tests me.

    Job to me, didnt go out and stand on the corner proclaiming God’s Word (which may have been only the first 5 books of the OT). He wasnt trying to turn the world upside down (more accurately…right side up). He was only following God’s commands and because of that became the local poster boy of a Godly man even when times became completely tough for him.

    Considering what Job went through, I know Im a “softie” and yet I, at times, still question whether God loves me because of the “troubles” I have. Only when I look at my blessings instead of my troubles, I then realize that God truly loves me. Plus when I consider how Jesus suffered and LET Himself died for us, then how can I even question it? wow….He really does loves me!! Praise God!!

  21. pegramsdell says:

    I am the clay and He is the potter. It is painful to be changed and shaped. Who am I to say to the potter, “why did you make me this way?”……:)

  22. Laurielee says:

    sawaybon, I’m also praying for you, your studies, and your travels.

    I’ve been mulling over Job and the comments here…
    Job was a good man, but does that mean that he never sinned? That he never had a bad action or thought?

    Our love towards the Father can wax and wane, but His towards us does not. Do we love Him in proportion to our blessings, or lack of them? Or is our love for G-d a constant, regardless of our circumstances? G-d ALLOWS the bad to happen, but does that mean that He is the author of it? When our children do bad things, or go against our teachings, don’t we still love them? When a tragedy happens to us, do we rail against G-d?

    laney, I don’t think your posting is really off subject, I think you are actually feeling, rather than looking, at Job. We look at the state of the world, and our standing as Christians, in it. We are definitely being treated more and more differently. Remember when we were younger? The world had a greater respect for Christians and Christian values. It is happening at a faster and faster pace that Christians are being looked at as if they are intellectually challenged, and people are saying, in effect, “Don’t push your tired old morals on us.” Don’t worry, laney, you are NOT alone! We DO, though, need to step up our prayers and efforts on behalf of the lost. A suggestion, when my heart is heavy and I don’t know what to pray, I just kneel before Him, and FEEL that heaviness of heart, and offer it up to Him. He knows everything about us, our thoughts, our fears, our sadness, frustration…acknowledge them before Him and offer them up. Sometimes when a problem is heavy upon my heart and I just don’t feel like I can bear it or handle it, I visualize the problem, or pain, in my cupped hands and offer it up to G-d. I say, “Father, I can’t handle this problem. I’m giving it to You.”
    I hope this helps in some way, laney, I know it gets hard sometimes. Bless you, dear.

  23. dbrown2567 says:

    Sawayabon, I am confident that with all our prayers that the Lord will be in your Operating Room with your surgeons and nurses. HE will also administer your recovery and direct your plans for your trip and studies.

    With regards to Job I agree that perspective is the key issue here. It is always healthy, I find for myself spiritually to examine myself in God’s light, not this world’s, and certainly not in my own light. Job really got this lesson. This proper perspective on being “God Conscious” versus being “self conscious” or “people conscious” keeps pride away from us. It humbles us and liberates us at the same time.

    Lastly my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we must remember that many scriptures prophesied about these last days in which we find ourselves. Even though like you I feel discouraged and overwhelmed at times by the moral bankruptcy and gross depravity that pervades our society, We are encouraged by our Lord’s words not to be dismayed, surprised or anxious by the times we are in. Remember HE is coming back to right all wrongs and wipe away our tears. What we see happening around us and what will occur in the days ahead (though increasingly dark) all point to HIS soon return!!!! Paul pointed out that the Glory that awaits us will far outweigh the suffering we are currently enduring. Can you imagine how great a time it will be when Jesus returns for us??? I can’t really but it sure is great trying to. We must set our minds on Him and His return for us.

  24. laney says:

    rdrcomp, after I vented my frustration over the condition of our country the Holy Spirit reminded me that we are in the last days.It was to late I already submitted my comment.
    Thanks MTMAN for the reminder that I’am not the only one frustrated and concerened about what is happening.I know everyone here also is just as concerened.I didn’t mean to imply that anyone here was not greived over what is happening.Because I know better than that.I meant the church in general.

  25. laney says:

    Laurielee, I’am going to take your advice.I need to go now and spend some time with my Lord.I’am feeling such a heavyiness and burden in my spirit.I have felt it all morning.I feel he wants me to spend some time in intercession.SoI know from experience that the sooner I do The heavyness and burden will go away.

  26. poohpity says:

    I believe that Job’s time was during the time of the Patriarch’s before the law was given around the time of Abraham. He believed!! All the behaviors he displayed are those that Jesus showed us how to be. Job also said that should I take only good from the Lord and not the bad even though satan gave the bad to him he still had his faith in God and did not curse him. Job also said I came into the world with nothing and I can take nothing with me when I die.

    I find it so interesting that his faith and relationship with God resulted in how he treated others which are the same way we are asked today to display our faith, 4000+ years later. That shows how God’s ways are the same, the Holy Spirit was in that place through the faith of Job. It was not just lip service but faith service.

    The lesson to me of Job’s friends are that trying to get someone else to look at what they have done wrong is God’s job and not mine. My job is to comfort those who are suffering such great pain and sorrow no matter how they got there, they are there. Job never said to any of the four look at what you have done how can you look at my sin, I think that is why God asked Job to pray for them and to accept their offerings to sacrifice before God.

    laney, I wonder where the government has control over our parenting. It is the parents job to teach the child then their would be no need to ask for the morning after pill. I think if we like Job just concentrated on what the Lord brings before each of us to do we will be better parents and then we do not have to worry what the government is doing. Maybe if each one, one at a time we were to be busy living out our faith we would make a better impact on our society today. Trust me we will never be perfect but we were never asked to be Jesus did that for us.

  27. GeeTee says:

    Another good one. How does Mart do it? Oh yeah. What a great history of a life of faith Job’s is. A just man who fears the Lord and eschews(KJV) evil. Should be all our determinating factors’ as we walk in faith. Job was clearly overwhelmed when all the catastrophes came upon his life and I guess his response was how they did it in those days. Dust and ashes. I think dust and ashes was more of a sorrow thing in those times with a little repentance mixed in. Like acknowledging that great loss had come your way and ‘this’ is my statement. It’s easy to see by Job’s exemplary life how bad Satan wanted to prove to God that Job only did it for what he got out of it, and that without his suspected hedge around him Job would crumble like most folk would. Not!! Job may have not got it wholly right in his vindications but he also understood that it’s God’s choice to bless as He wills. There was an unseen force behind the entire ordeal that was trying everything he could think of to get Job to cop to something he knew he hadn’t done. Job’s associates pointing every finger they had and sticking to that old “you had to have done something Job”. But in Job’s careful evaluation of circumstances of his life he could find no blatant transgression. The book has an interesting discourse from the young fellow Elihu, and ends with a little straighten-up for Job from the Father before Job finally realizes his error. How could you do this to me? I ain’t done nothin’. In my understanding the book of Job represents a child of God’s life as a whole. The accuser of the brethren has been given the opportunity to tempt and try us whenever he wants, and pretty much however he wants. If we will but curse God for our misfortune the ‘old boy’ can “see I told you so” us, and we do the Lord Jesus’ name a great harm. We may not be as astute in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ as Job was in his way of serving God, but that doesn’t relieve us from doing that which we know to be honest and upright. We can walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, or we can walk in the flesh and grieve the Spirit of God. The mere fact that we’ve received the adoption as sons is no guarantee that we won’t bounce around at times, but in the same breath we have something that can not be taken from us. Reading up-page about the under 17 thing and what are perceived to be the ramifications of that whole mess gives me reason to reflect on the way I did things for a long time and how what I advocated and promoted are coming home to roost now. I came up during the hippie days although not a hippie myself. I capitalized on that scene by selling drugs to ’em and participated in that whole “turn on–tune in–drop out” mentality. I accept and take responsibility for the corrupt lifestyle I promoted, and you can’t fathom how it grieves me to see that deviate, rebellious spirit that’s pervasive in the world today. I made a contribution to the perpetuation of that wickedness in so many ways, and it was by and through the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that was shed for me that I could be redeemed and reconciled. God’s grace is good. As we look around we see the world hanging by a thread over a gaping crevice and I know that it can leave me thinking “What can I possibly do?” Spread the Good News that calls sinners to repentance and faith. Jesus’ message was “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Still true. GT

  28. poohpity says:


    Being nit picky that was John the Baptist’s message “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus’s message was forgive them cuz they do not have a clue. Can you tell I have issues? LOL

  29. GeeTee says:

    poorkitty, I know you do ’cause you know I do. After all, are we not in this together? Galatians6:2, Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. But please…pretty please, before you take the time to make a statement concerning something as important to the world as what Jesus’ message was….do a little homework, K? I know JohnB preached the kingdom of heaven and that it was at hand(Matt3:2),but after Jesus’ baptism&subsequent temptation he went into Capernaum and began to preach and say “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” Matt4:17 And that’s not the only time he referred to the kingdom of God or heaven little sister. A good concordance would site 70 or 80 times that the kingdom was the focus of His preaching and teaching. So don’t shoot me, I’m just the piano player. I didn’t write the song. I know that the Lord Jesus spoke of love your neighbor and each other, but I believe He came to save the world, not try and promote some all-inclusive love that would make the world a better place. He brought a sword in His first appearance. That the sheep would be divided from the goats even before His next advent. I just don’t think a lost soul hears the real gospel unless repentance from sin is preached to them. The predicament that the world without Jesus is in is no joke. And to soften their true condition with a gentle “oh Jesus loves you so much” does a dishonor to the Lord Jesus and the Father’s holiness. The price that was paid on that bloody stake should never be minimalized for the sake of not offending someone. The cross IS an offense. The most horrid and cruel form of death that was ever known and our Lord and Saviour bore the humiliation and pain of it for us. Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand. GT

  30. poohpity says:

    GeeTee, although my response was not done in a condescending fashion it seems by your response that is where you are coming from. I ask for your forgiveness for the hurt I have caused you. I stand corrected with that statement also was being said by Jesus. My name is Deborah or poohpity not poorkitty and I do however show respect to those I talk too and try never to demean because of the command that our Lord told us to love others as you love yourself and there are no buts to it.

    Again forgive me if I have injured you in anyway.

  31. Laurielee says:

    GeeTee, I really enjoy your posts!

    One thing I want to touch on; Is our idea of love all sunshine, smiles, and never saying a word that could be construed as negative? In raising our children, is it more loving to watch them fall while only saying postive words to them, giving them everything they want, to prove to them that we love them, and bailing them out of every mistake? Or is love teaching them good from bad, being by their side when they make a mistake (but not bailing them out), and teaching them how to make it on their own? G-d disciplines those He loves, and all Scripture is good for correcting, teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness so the man of G-d may be fully-equipped for every good work. (paraphrase) Do we love aright? (of course I don’t mean we should be accusatory, hard-hearted, or beat another over the head with the Bible!)

  32. GeeTee says:

    Please accept my apology Deborah, I was not trying to be mean or I don’t know what it might be that I was interpreted as tryin to be. Just tring to keep things clear. I seem to recall your mention a few months back how you came across your moniker, so I was merely being familiar in my use of it, even though in reality I had no right to do so. Once again…I’m sorry. It’s a very hard thing to do sometimes, but it’s always the best avenue to take as it irons out all the wrinkles that we can create in what may even be in an unknowing manner. Your approach to conveying love might be different than mine, but as Christians we are entitled to give expression to love in more ways than one. As Laurielee said…Do we show love when we indulge children in every little thing they can think of? Maybe what passes for love at the time, but it gives the impression that love is something that’s a result of material giving. My understanding of love is self-sacrifice expecting nothing in return. God the Father gave His only begotten Son as a gift to the world, that the predicament we’re in would be alleviated. Thank you Lord for loving us as only You know how. Teach us to learn to love one another as the Father loves You loves us. All better now, huh? Have a pleasant evening y’all. GT

  33. samueltg says:


    I don’t think we need to ponder much on Job’s uprightness…..cos God himself says that he’s blameless and upright. I believe what we can learn from Job’s life is about faith. Do we have faith in God and follow him becacuse he blesses us and he’s good to us?…or are we willing to have faith in him for….nothing. Most of the time we praise him and thank him for the good things he’s done for us and our faith in him grows but when bad times come along…we are shattered. But Job refused to be shattered. Jesus compared the Christian walk to “carrying the cross”. I think we need to grow past a point of looking at God as a Santa Clause. I belive once I am saved God will use my life in many ways for His Glory…..some of which may be difficult for me and while I am on earth I may not fully understand why I am going through such a difficult time. All I need to have is the faith that as Paul says nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus…..

  34. samueltg says:

    ..and our faith statement should be like what Daniel’s firends told King Nebuchadnezzer….we believe that God is able to save us from this danger but even if he doesn’t we will still worship him only…..

  35. poohpity says:

    My moniker was from a dog. My first pooh was a Great Dane that a little girl called pooh pity sing for poor pretty thing and my pooh now is a Lab mix. I was before Christ what some would refer to as a biker chick and so poorkitty is just not a good fit, if you know what I mean. Thank you for the apology.

    From now on I will keep my thoughts to the topic presented.


    I love what you said, “we believe that God is able to save us from this danger but even if he doesn’t we will still worship Him only….. That is my heart as well.

  36. kaliko88 says:

    Sawaybon, I hope and pray the surgery goes well and your recovery is fast and full. I know if you need more prayer, you’ll come and ask, and we’ll pray some more.

    Pooh, I have to laugh at how your name came about. My first Pooh was my little white dog, because I couldn’t quite say ‘puppy’. Now, I’m a cat person, so the poorkitty nick can be tossed on me if anyone would like to.

    Mart, I think your question answered mine. “And how is it that, with all of the knowledge of the Bible, I have spent so much of my life thinking that my social responsibility shakes down to believing a few of the right things?” Sometimes I do cling too much to the knowledge that my belief will bring me home, and that is enough. But I do want to do more than just wait for my ride home. Social responsibility. Reaching out. I wonder what more I can do, no matter how small? And I think Job has some of the answers. Maybe it’s as simple as act when we can, pray when we can’t?

  37. Rick123 says:

    It all starts out with satan entering into the throne of the heavenly Father, in which the Father asks satan, what have you been doing. And satan replies, “I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

    Then the Father tells satan, have you noticed my servant Job? that there is none like him upon the face of the earth, a just and complete man, who fears God, and departs from all evil.

    Satan responds to the heavenly Father, for what does Job fear you freely?

    Have you not put a fence of protection around him and his family, and all that belongs to him? you have blessed everything that his hands have done, and from the womb you have brought forth a great number of animals for him in the land.

    Now send your hand, and strike all that belongs to him, and he shall surely speak evil against you.

    Now the Father replies to satan, look, all that belongs to him is in your hand, but only against his life, don’t cause a fatal blow, so satan departed away from the throne of God the Father.

    The Father knowing all things before they happen, challenges satan’s accusations, about his(Father) creation(mankind) being unworthy of his(Father) love, because they don’t love him(Father).

    Now the challenge was about did Job truly love God the Father above all things, as did Jesus in the days of his flesh, who loved his God and Father above all things, Which is the “first, and greatest commandment of all.”

    Lucifer(satan) failed(Transgressed) the “first, and greatest commandment of all,” when he “lusted” to be like his God and Father. Who is the Highest, to whom there is no one equal to his(Father) Height, for he is the Highest.

  38. BruceC says:

    May the Lord be with you brother and may you heal quickly.

    Here’s a story from another devotion I did today and it somewhat fits Job.

    A farmer and his friend went duck hunting. Eventually, they got to talking about the things of God, as they always would. “You’re always talking about these battles you have with the devil,” the farmer’s friend said to him. “It’s so silly – I mean, I’m not even a Christian and I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
    “Yes my friend,” the wise farmer answered, “but if you shot two ducks — one was wounded and one was dead — which would you go after first?”
    “Well,” he said, “I guess I’d go after the wounded duck – I can always get the dead one later.”
    “Mmm-hmm,” said the farmer, “The devil knows you’re a dead duck.”
    Don’t we see many types of Job in our world today. Maybe not quite the same; but in the same manner. Look at the persecution of Christians in other lands, and even here in the US the tone is changing somewhat. Satan ahs the unsaved in his pocket and we are trying to be the “pickpocket” so to speak. In today’s world I am constantly reminded of the scripture from Ephesians,
    “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might”.
    What I always viewed as Job’s biggest kick while he was down was his wife. Job 2 9. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. Wow! Satan will use anyone he can to bring you down.

  39. chapmartin says:

    How does a person have such a fined tuned social conscience in any age, much less the time of Job? Notice how Job’s suffering brought to light that social conscience, as he thumbed through the index of his life looking for a reason for the suffering. If I thumbed through my own life, trying to figure out a reason for any suffering God would be allowing in my life, I would not be able to thumb nearly as far back as Job. I would not be able to make it as far back as yesterday.


  40. laney says:

    Just when I thought I have seen everything.Now for you dog lovers I just seen on the news they have cloned a new puppy.This puppy that was born glows in the dark because it was genetically engeneried with sea creatures.How sick is this.What kind of life is this poor little baby going to have.I doubt it will get a good loving home.Its home will most likely be some sterile lab.This remindes me of the old Frankinstein movies.

    DaisyMaryGold I noticed we haven’t heard much from you.I hope everything is ok.I miss your particpation.

  41. sjd says:

    The story of Job contnues to fascinate us thousands of years later. Mart’s question regarding Job’s social conscience, when our’s at times seems relegated to beliefs is a good one. I have often wondered in this day and age when the Spirit was given after Christ ascended, why so many of us may stumble and not appear to live as Job did. Yet the answer is not found by contmplating Job alone, yet focusing on what Job did. We are told that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, there is none righteous, not even Job. Only God is Holy. As someone else has already stated, Jesus is my righteousness. As we contnue to fix our eyes on Jesus, we will be able to run the race He has for us. We are told to consider Jesus, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart. It is as we have right understanding of God, that we might speak as Job did at the end. It is as we are available to Him that He will be able to reach this world around us.

    Mart, thanks for reminding me of Job, in that, I am all the more encouraged to focus on God and find that He is my everything, and I want to share my everything with others.

  42. pegramsdell says:

    kaliko88, “act when we can, pray when we can’t”…love it.
    BruceC, love the “can get the dead duck later”. If we are not bothering the devil, why would he bother us? So….when trials come our way, we should count it all joy….cause we are being persecuted for The Lord. Sweet!
    So satan wouldn’t have messed with Job if he wasn’t upright in the eyes of the Lord. And look how blessed Job was in the end.

  43. Mart De Haan says:

    kaliko88, I think you have summed up the answer to your question so well.

  44. Mart De Haan says:

    On the general question of Job’s final repentance, seems to me that what happens in the end is that God rebukes the friends for insisting that Job must be suffering in proportion to some hidden scandal (implying also that he was a worse sinner than them)… and Job becoming aware (through the evidence of God’s wisdom and power in nature) that, in his attempts to defend himself against their accusations, his frustration and fury had been at the expense of God… who Job accused of withholding justice… or at least an answer for why he was suffering…

  45. poohpity says:

    It seems like when we do wrong we want to blame it on someone else and when good happens we want to take all the Glory. I could just imagine being in Job’s place and feeling like I would just want to be comforted in some way from someone. If that comfort never came my mind would be raking over everything I had done to try and figure it all out and then to get no answers my mind would have already went up in smoke. What good lessons are in the book of Job if we could only learn from history.

  46. poohpity says:

    I had to come back because I was thinking about the first sentence of your blog on this subject about Satan gloating over the havoc he was causing in the world. I do not notice with Job a sense of pride when discussing these issues with his friends just a sense of curiosity as to the why in it. Pride seems to be one of satan’s best tools.

  47. Laurielee says:

    I wanted to make a comment with regards to social responsibility. Many things can come into play under the guise of “social responsiblity”. What does the Bible tell us our social responsibility is? To whom should it be directed? What I find as social responsibility is to provide for the poor, widows, orphans, mentally and physically disabled, to be good stewards of what we’ve been given (earth, finances, the Gospel) In today’s world, I see many things slipping in under the guise of social responsibility that are, in fact, contrary to the Word of G-d. To help those who are destroying not only their own, but others’ lives and enabling them to distance themselves even further from G-d, would actually be the opposite of social responsibility.

  48. GeeTee says:

    Old saying from one of those guys that lived a long time ago and was real good with those keen observations about life. I don’t know what his name was, but it goes like this: The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history. That describes it pretty accurate, wouldn’t you say. It’s sad to say that we as human beings seem to be destined to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over. And just even contemplating how frustrating that whole ‘all over again’ scenario can be brings to mind one of the myths of the ancient Greeks. Sisyphus. Sisyphus had committed some blunder that displeased the pantheon and was banished to an island with a large mountain and a single, large stone. If he could push the stone to the top of the mountain it would secure his release. Not to be done. Each time that he got almost to the top the stone would get away and roll back to the bottom. Ever struggling with his toil and ever hopeful of completing the task Sisyphus never lost heart and gave up. He’s probably still there at this very moment. One more turn of the stone and I’m outta here is forever his determination. Can we relate to the legend of Sisyphus as Christians? In a child-like way, if at all. For we as adults are generally all too ready to give up our work when it seems like we’re not getting anywhere. But a child is much more likely to keep after it knowing that they’ll be rewarded for their efforts. Sure yeah, we stay after jobs that we’re not that jazzed about so we’ll make payday, but we grumble and complain every step of the way. But that was then and this is now, and it just doesn’t have to be like that. We know what awaits us at the end of the line, but we can get our priorities mixed up and lose sight of the invisible and eternal, only to get caught up in some worthy cause or pursuit that seems….?? Please, everyone…do not misconstrue my use of the “we” as though I’m speaking of you, because I’m not. I have a problem sometimes of thinking in that inclusive way. You know the one. I go to congregate with what I think is the Body of Christ and I soon find out that there are some prosthetic parts here. They can go through the motion and can supply the particular parts function, but only in conjunction to when they’re strapped on. Like an artificial limb. And that’s a disappointment to me and it confuses me somewhat. Before I was born again the last place on earth you would’ve found me was in church. I sure didn’t care if people within the confines of those walls thought I was something that I knew I was not. I stayed within the parameters of my element where I was comfortable and I didn’t have to try real hard to be something for somebody. Thanks be to God that it only lasted as long as it did. I have no idea how I end up in this train when I boarded an entirely different one about an hour ago. One thing leads to another maybe? Yeah it does. Have a pleasant afternoon everyone. GT

  49. Laurielee says:

    A thought; the only way we can ever get that rock anywhere is with His help…though if we’re pushing that rock to show what we can do for Him, we may as well quit trying…

  50. laney says:

    Laurielle, After i read what you wrote about social responsibility.I thought about the story in the Gospel of Luke about the good samaritan.Only one person was willing to help.It was also the responsibility of the other two men.But because of shelvishness on one account and prejudice on the other two men walked away without it even bothering their consciences that this poor man needed help.Only one man took pitey and responsibility to help.He not only helped but gave his all in making sure the injured man Had everything he needed.It is another good lesson for all of us to remember.

  51. wretch-like-me says:

    Could it be that Job’s quick response to repentance and ashes is a testimony to his humility before God? Would we be so quick to surrender ourselves as sinful despite our ‘works’ that show otherwise? I am reminded that it is NOT by works that we are made righteous but by the blood of Jesus!

    Well said, I had also come to this conclusion after pondering “Why Job?”. God knew Satan’s efforts would be wasted on Job. Could the same be said for us? Better to allow Job to be tested and overcome(hold fast to the faith) than to allow another to be tested and fail!

    My perspective on Job and Social Responsibility is one and the same. Consider the life of Christ. Is Christ not a perfect example of Job (or vice versa)? I believe it is called a ‘christofany’. Job’s life foreshadows the life of Christ in many ways.

    Christ was blameless; yet, He accepted the Will of the Father and suffered betrayal, humiliation, persecution, physical pain and death. All this came not as a result of sinful life; but the life of example. He loved all He met with words and deeds. He fed mulititudes with no expectation. He fed ‘spiritually’ and ‘physically’ with no exception.

    He sowed seeds that were destined to all sorts of responses. All seeds sprouted. Some took root. Some failed. Some clung to life until hardship caused them to wither and die. Only a few seeds survived to maturity and bore fruit.

    It has been calculated that His entire life was spent without traveling outside a 50 mile radius. Yet, His life has had greater impact on the world than any before or after He lived.

    I find Christ’s life to be my greatest example. I live as close to HIM as possible. I love my neighbors with kind deeds and uplifting talk that direct them to God and Jesus Christ. I share a kind word with all I meet. I give regularly first to my local fellowship to support their work. I give second to christian agencies that I trust to do good works in Christ’s Name. (sorry, that no longer includes agencies that have drifted away from expressly using HIS NAME…ie.Habitat For Humanity)

    I participate in corporate worship whenever and where ever possible. I commune daily with God thru prayer and meditation upon His Word. I listen to chrisitian radio and infuse that music into my day.

    Lastly, I acknowledge God in all things and thank Him for all things(including the trials, pain, suffering, disease and death). This life is filled with many joys; birth, childhood, loving parents, finding a mate, marriage, sex, children, grandchildren are but a few.

    The older I get, the more I look forward to death and meeting God ‘face to face’; hugging Christ; reuniting with departed loved ones and the unborn children I and my wife have lost. I can honestly say, “It is truly a blessing to have experienced ‘life’ and know I am bound for eternity with Christ. How sad to think of those who chose to say ‘No’ to an invitation to accept Christ! Or even more tragic to have not existed at all!!!”

    Huggs to all.
    BTW snowed yesterday in the N/E corner of Wa State.

  52. kaliko88 says:

    Laurielee, I think the answer to your question lies in how each of us answers the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’

  53. blowentw says:

    Could it be that in the end Job (as Paul did) came to the realization that all of his righteous actions were just as filthy rags before God? Is it the difference between actions that are rooted in a transformed heart and actions that come from an attempt to justify myself before God? It seems that one of the things that evangelicalism has struggled with in the past is the whole issue of works, which became the focus of much of the church in the 20th century, and then the source for salvation (instead of dependence on Christ). We threw the baby out with the bathwater. I remember while growing up that Ephesians 2:8 & 9 were often quoted, but verse 10 that completes the thought was pretty much neglected. Maybe our focus on right thinking and neglect in our actions is because we neglected the teaching on actions. That, and we had a list of “good behaviors” that made us “good Christians” – they just didn’t reach to the poor, the widowed or the oppressed so much. Relearning is so much harder than learning it right the first time.

  54. Rick123 says:

    If one is considered a friend of the world, then that one is considered an enemy of God, and a friend of satan. So satan considered Job his greatest enemy, for he(Job) was honoring his Father in heaven, as did he honor his biological father on earth.

    The Father did not allow his son(Job) to be attacked by satan. There was a time in the Father’s heart that he was searching out Job’s heart with the light of his lamp to see what was truly in his heart. So when the time came forth, for the Father to decide weather Job was ready or not to be tested, to see if Job’s love for him(Father) stood up to all the pressure of the enemy. The Father allowed satan to attack him(Job) from all sides, even his wife, satan did not kill, because she was a tool in satan’s hand to beat up and break down Job’s faith in God. But as we all know, it back fired on satan, because Job was maintaining his integrity in his Creator.

    So we can conclude, that Job’s greatest weapon against the unknown,(satan the enemy) was his love, it stood-out in the eyes of God. For faith which worketh by love, had grown up a lot in Job’s heart, for his God and Father, and mankind.

    He(Job) was the shining example in the sky, like the “bright and morning star,” who shines brightly in the hearts of his Father’s family. Whom they will shine as stars in the heaven, for they have been wise, and they have turned many to righteousness as the stars in the heaven.

    For it is he, the Father of spirits, who examines, tries, proves, the hearts of man. He weights their hearts motives and deeds in his balance. For there is none who can escape his balance, for man is continually tested and weighted, to see if man loves and obeys the Father of spirits.

    We, who are in Christ too, are tested every day of our life, to see if we choose to obey our heavenly Father, and take up our cross daily.

    And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny(the lust of the flesh) himself, and take up his cross(dead to sin but alive to God in Christ) daily, and follow me.

    Rev 2:7… To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God…

    Rev 2:11…He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death…

    Rev 2:17…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it]…

    Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

    Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

    Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.

    Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

    Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

  55. daisymarygoldr says:

    Laney, the glowing gene from jellyfish and other sea creatures has been used to clone fluorescent fish, mice, swine, cat and dog. The main purpose or goal of these cloning techniques is to develop effective treatment for genetically inherited disorders like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. However, when people deviate from the original purpose, the goal is missed and I agree with you… that it is horrifying to have these fluorescent animals as pets.

    It was the same in the case of Job. He was doing very well and what made Job such a stand-out in the eyes of God? He feared God and shunned evil. God was proud of an upright Job and testified him as blameless.

    However, when troubles came, Job’s finely tuned sense of social conscience filled him with a sense of self-righteousness. In the midst of his trials Job lost sense of the original purpose… He was full of himself and self-absorbed about his own good works… to the point of justifying himself as right and condemning God as wrong (Job 40:8).

    Job’s focus shifted from fearing God and shunning evil… to reflecting on his own good works and thus he deviated from the purpose of honoring God. Job missed the goal… and was found guilty of sin!

    It is the same with us in our Christian lives. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless/blameless is this:

    – To look after orphans and widows in their distress
    …and let us not forget this…
    – To keep oneself from being polluted or corrupted by the world i.e. to live a holy and righteous life.”

  56. daisymarygoldr says:

    If the Christian life is only about social responsibility of caring for orphans and widows, then we have lost sight of God and the purpose of the gospel of Christ.

    The purpose of the Gospel is not to change the world by fighting for social justice, doing relief work, wiping out world hunger, working for world peace or conserving nature. The purpose of the Gospel is to change the world by changing sinners into Disciples of Christ.

    God’s original purpose for us, His disciples is to grow into the full stature of Christ. When we deviate from the original purpose and focus on our good works, we are also guilty of sin. God will surely bring us to our knees in order to redirect our eyes back on Him…. just the way He did with Job.

    With our eyes fixed on Him, as we grow in the knowledge of God we will seek to live a life worthy of the Lord…Disciples of Christ will then live selflessly… to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those around them.

  57. Laurielee says:

    Good post, Daisy!

    I often make the mistake of asking rhetorical questions…they don’t always go the way I think they will, but I’ve always been convinced that getting people to think about why they believe what they believe is strengthening. Have you ever asked someone what they believe, they answer, then you ask them WHY they believe that, and they flounder for an answer?

    I didn’t say, in my earlier post, what I was trying to say very well. I’ve seen people that thought they were being loving and socially conscious by getting on the bandwagon with an issue that the Bible specifically says is wrong, so that they don’t appear to be unloving towards others. They say that you can’t say something is wrong because it’s unloving, and only G-d is able to judge at the end. They say that it’s wrong to say something is wrong to someone else, quoting “the log in your own eye” verse…ignoring the fact that we are to continually be working on ourselves, also. Pointing out a wrong behavior is not “judging”, in fact, the Bible clearly says that we are to correct one another…”Be merciful to those who doubt: snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 22,23)
    Some think that you can only act as if you approve of wrong behavior, in order to be loving. Some think you must beat them over the head with a “you’re going to h**l” attitude…neither is right.

  58. GeeTee says:

    Well spoken, Laurielee. That was good. You have no idea how many times I’ve come up against that wall here in the past couple of years. I was a part of one of the “anonymous” groups that use what they so casually refer to as ‘higher power’ in a feeble attempt to get someone to consider a god in their life. So that they can appeal to a broader range of suffering substance abusers the concept of “God” is left up to the individual, and can be anything other than yourself as long as it’s loving and caring. Ooooo, dangerous. Dangerous. People would say, “I believe in God.” My retort would always be, “Satan and his crew believe in God…and tremble.” Being a recovering addict myself I spent 2 years actively involved with that particular fellowship, and for the entire time I struggled with that particular aspect of the deal like nothin’ else. The folks knew that I was a born again Christian because I gave testimony outside the meeting rooms, but I never once had someone honestly inquire about Jesus Christ. I told them how I had an unfair advantage in recovering from my addiction by having a living relationship with the Lord, but it pretty much went in one ear and out the other. They couldn’t quite believe that I have been delivered from 40 years of substance dependence. They insist upon dealing with it on their own terms in their own way, and for me to testify that I’d been delivered was totally foreign to their way of thinking. In their understanding “God” was somewhat of a cosmic butler that was waiting to serve them at beck and call. When I finally severed myself from the group I let them know how hard it had been for me to hear all that talk about “God” from persons that had no idea who He really is. To mention Jesus Christ in a meeting was a capital crime. Being Judgmental. My swansong to the group was an evaluation of how I perceived things to be. I didn’t single anyone out but I made it clear that everyone I’d heard share was profane, vulgar, rude, shallow, and inconsiderate. To a T. Some tried to soothe my displeasure and convince me that it was not really like I was seeing it to be, but by then it was over for me. I could not incorporate their belief system into mine, and I wasn’t about to consolidate mine into theirs. Sometimes things just can’t be homogenized. The old oil and water thing. What it all came down to was: Am I going to compromise my salvation to be a part of a worldly system? Not even close. I can’t deny the One that purchased my life from the slavemarket of sin with His own precious blood. To make the stand I made will forever be the choice I made. Just like every decision we make we have to live with the outcome. Good Works. After Jesus fed the 5000 and crossed over the lake, the multitudes came and found Him on the other side. When all was said and done they wanted to know, “What must we do that we might work the works of God?” Always being straight to the point, Jesus replied, “This, is the work of God. That you believe on Him whom He has sent.” John6:29 There’s all kinds of stuff we can come up with on our own that will give us the impression that we’re doing the good thing, but is that really the case? Is our motive pure? Unselfish? Do we only want the recognition and approval of men. Or does compassion drive us? Is sitting in front of a planned parenthood clinic with a sign what God really wants? That die has been cast along time ago and I don’t think civil protest is going to change it. Pray for the women that are considering, that they might be saved, would be better suited. America is on a bumpy road at this time and it’s inevitable that the wheels fall off. Can our prayers for our leaders be heard? Of course. Will God grant us repentance? Let’s keep praying and find out. You know what Yogi Berra said…It ain’t over till it’s over.

  59. Laurielee says:

    GeeTee, I thank G-d for you! What an amazing testimony! To whom much has been given… and Who do you think loves Him the most…one to whom a little has been forgiven, or one to whom much is forgiven? For some, such as myself, also, it takes feeling totally alone in the world to find out that you’re not!
    Did you once say that you live in California? That makes me feel a bit closer to my daughter, whom I’m missing today. She’s a resident of California, but goes to school in Boston. She finished her 3rd year of medical school today, and I’m missing her. She’s hoping to go back to California for her residency. If she does, I’m thinking of relocating to Northern California to be closer. It’s very beautiful there. The Lost Coast reminds me of Ireland, where my family’s from. Excuse me for my goings on, though we miss our children, we must give them their wings…

  60. Rick123 says:

    Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.
    (Job feared God and departed from all sin, which is the beginning of wisdom. And it was his whole duty to love God and man, therefore keeping God’s moral code of conduct.)

    Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    (As the dragon was wroth with Job, and went to make war with him, so is satan wroth with Us(woman) because we keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.)

    Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
    (As Job had patience and the faith of Christ, Job uttered these words of faith. For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:)

    Jam 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

    Jam 1:12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

    The ultimate reality is that God controls everything in the universe, including Satan, and that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

    Luke 22:31–32 (NIV)
    31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

    Clearly in this case Satan had to ask permission to tempt Peter. Jesus tells Peter that He has prayed specifically for him so that Peter can strengthen the other disciples, the implication being that the others WILL be sifted in whatever way Satan intends.

    Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations Satan

    Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
    (Satan has always been angry with God’s family from the beginning, satan’s attack begun with Eve, who was misled by satan’s lies. But remember, that he first misled a lot of God’s sons in heaven, who were God’s first family.)

  61. mtman says:

    GeeTee: What an absolutely wonderful post and so full of examples. Thank you.

  62. laney says:

    GeeTee, What a blessing your testimony is.Isn’t it great to know that all the struggles we have to go through in this life will be worth it in the end.Blessed is the man who persevers under trial,because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.When the chief sheperd appears you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade.

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