Pastor George E. Hurtt
The first three verses of Job 1 show us that Job has spiritual success seen by his faith, social success seen by his family and secular success seen by his fortune.
The order is significant. Faith is before family and family is before fortune. Your spiritual success is more important than your social success. Social success is more important than secular success.
Are you a spiritual success?
In Job 1:6-7, the day in heaven starts with an assembly. In these verses, the devil is introduced. This day in heaven goes from an assembly to an appraisal by God of Job in Job 1:8.
It says, “And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
This is why Job became the focus of this book, by doing right.
In Job 1:9-11, the devil claimed Job was only good toward God because God had been good toward him. The question cuts to the heart of genuine faith. You and I must ask ourselves this question: Would I serve God even if there were no blessings?
Does God have to buy worship? Does God deserve to be worshipped just for who He is?
God places his money on Job. The trial shall now begin. Satan will be allowed by God to touch Job’s family and fortune. The question is what will happen to his faith.
The cause of Job’s suffering was a day on earth seen in Job 1:6-12. Behind the suffering was Satan, but behind Satan was God.
In Job 1:15-19, Job receives four back-to-back messages of progressively worse news. There is no other way I can say it. It was a hell of a day.
First, several of his servants were slain while his oxen and donkeys were stolen. Next, he lost even more of his servants and livestock in a fire.
Job had to be stunned, realizing that he could not afford another catastrophic event. This would destroy his financial well being. He would go from the richest to the poorest man in the east.
Next he loses his camels and remaining servants in a raid.
This is bad, but it is not the worst. He can labor and replenish his fortune, but then comes the worst news of all—that all ten of his children have been killed.
Just when you thought things could not get any worst for Job—You can almost hear him scream ‘not my baby girls, not junior.’ He and his wife must identify the bodies of ten children.
This is really bad. In the span of a few moments, Job’s social and secular success has all been lost.
Please notice the speed and ease that these things left Job. It can happen the same way in yours and my life.
But, all is not gone. There is one more aspect of Job’s life that can be savaged. This is his faith in God. He still has his spiritual success. Will he trust the sovereignty of God?
How would Job react to these series of horrific events? In Job 1:20, 21, we find that Job mourns, then worships.
Four actions displayed Job’s mourning.
He first arose. Then he tore his clothes. After this, Job shaved all his hair off his head. Finally, he laid prostrate on the ground.
The Bible informs us that Job mourning was not a sin or a sign of Job charging God with wrong. This teaches that Christians who suggest that mourning is anti-faith in God are wrong. It is normal and healthy to cry when the pain of life shows up in your life.
I Thessalonians 4:13 tells not to grieve as those who have no hope. It does not say don’t grieve. It just reminds us that our hope is not defined on earth.
Job knew this. Job 1:20 records a fifth action of Job—he worshipped.
These are his exact words as found in Job 1:21: “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Wow! I am speechless. Job proves God right. What do you think about Job’s reaction? Was he wrong to mourn? Was his worship fabricated?
Stop thinking and allow the Bible to speak. It says, “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”
He still has his spiritual success. Thus, Job is still successful. He is even more of a success, in light of the fact that he has lost those other two areas of success and maintained his faith.
This is reinforced more when you think about what Job did not know.
He did not know about the day in heaven. Satan showed up before the presence of God on that day. He then accused Job of worshipping God for pay.
Is your name being mentioned in heaven? Could God wager money on your commitment?
In addition, Job did not know that his life would be read and talked about at Mt. Sinai in Los Angeles. People throughout human history have read about how Job handled the worst times in his life.
I want to tell you something: people are reading you. Your life is a book. Your spouse, children, co-workers, classmates are watching how you handle the tough days in your life. What will they read?