When our Sacrifice is Proven...
I cannot think of a more appropriate study for me this week than that of the book of Job. How better to realize what I have to be thankful for than to study the man who was, irregardless of the circumstances, thankful. I decided to study this chapter because the youth of Calhoun Middle High School requested our prayer time begin with scripture from this book to encourage them in the their service. And so here I am, ready to hear what the Lord has to tell us. I hope you travel along with me; journey’s are always so much more fun with friends to share and add their imput along the way.
Job’s journey began with a conversation in Heaven between Almighty God and Satan. Job 1:7-8 says “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
I believe that God brought Job’s righteousness to Satan’s attention not as a test for Job, but one for Satan. God knew Job’s character, He knew how Job would react and what the end of the story would bring. Satan however did not, otherwise he would not have followed through with his plan to destroy all Job had. Although Job was not perfect in the sense that Christ is perfect, he did all that God had ask so that he could to live as perfect possible. As head of the household, and the manner for the times was, Job offered sacrifice for his family. He left nothing to chance, fearing that one of them had not lived right, so for each child he made offerings and he did so continually.
When the day came that Satan wreaked havoc on Job, he lost his livelihood, his servants and his children. Job’s continual sacrifice was then proven. He lost it all here on this earth, but he knew that his children were in the hands of God because he had faithfully performed his duty as the head of the home.
There is no sacrifice that we can make that can guarantee our children will go to Heaven. That sacrifice was made by Christ and must be accepted by them personally when they become of age. But as leaders in our home we can insure through our sacrifice of time and dedication to the things of God that our children and family have the example set before them. I’m so grateful that I had godly parents who brought me up in church and showed me the way to Jesus. When they lost my brother at the age of 19 not one time did they give up on God. My mother in all her wisdom when asked why she didn’t blame God replied “How can I blame the only One Who will allow me to see him again? Yes, I am grateful.