“In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.” 1.22
Scripture describes Job in the opening verse of the book: “…He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.” The very next verse it begins to describe his wealth and the number of children that he and his wife had.
Our natural judgment concludes that because of Job’s heart for God, he was blessed with wealth and children. However, Scripture doesn’t imply a cause and effect relationship in the opening verses. It does tell us that God has blessed Job and that is the source of his wealth and prosperity. We are left with the assumption, however, that God loves Job and desires to bless him in everything.
However, using the weight of Scripture and the unfolding of the events to come we can see that it is unusual for human beings to keep our “blameless heart” when our possessions are touched. Satan’s belief that he could destroy everything around Job and destroy Job’s blameless heart is seen in verse 11:
“But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”
The quickest way to see where our relationship is with God is to remove our possessions. Put down your social media, your phone, your television, sports, or whatever possession you struggle with daily and see what happens to your heart. My guess: withdrawals, agitation, a countenance change, headaches, anxiety, and possibly a loss of identity.
That’s what makes verse 22 so profound and would hold true for the rest of the book:
“In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
Are you participating in our 21 days of fasting and prayer this year? Maybe this is the first time you’ve challenged yourself to fast and pray? Whatever the case might be, we’ve created a guide that will help you ease into the practice and power of fasting. Many stop fasting or decide not to fast because they see it as “scary” or only for the spiritual superstar. Check out this fasting guide as you prepare to fast with us on January 7th.
Challenge yourself to push the plate back, remove your possessions and dedicate your heart and your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in 2015. Give God your first, give Him your best!
Here’s the link to the guide: Fasting Guide.