Author: Rev. Dr. Sunday T. Eke-Okoro, Dr.Med.Sc., M.Div.   Date: 03/17/2014

“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).

The land of Uz is in the East. Job was from the land of Uz. Job was therefore not an Israelite. He, however, served the same God as the Israelites and did so creditably. He was a special person of God who knew that to fear God is to have wisdom. In fact, wisdom begins from the fear of God. When you fear God you will obey him. If you do not fear God, you will not obey his commandments, meaning that you are not wise. The wisdom of Job helped him to obey all the commandments of God such that he distinguished himself by being blameless. No one could point an accusing finger on Job because he feared God and obeyed him in everything. Job shunned evil. He was described as the greatest person among the people of the East. It is interesting to see in the life of Job that he was blessed in every way because he feared the Lord and obeyed his commandments. He was a very rich man and he was also blessed with many children.

You will notice that Satan was not happy with Job because he was a special man of God who feared God and walked according to divine will. Satan would prefer that Job belonged to his camp where sin is a luxury. Unfortunately, Job was a person of God whose sole aim was to please God in everything. Job even ensured that members of his family did not disobey God in the way they lived. After some activities by members of his family, ‘Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.’ (Job 1:5). Job faced very serious temptation from Satan, but in his trial, be never sinned in any way against God. You need to love the Lord the way Job did. Seek to live a blameless life through fearing God. Contribute in generating a good relationship between God and members of your family.

Preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! (1 Corinthians 9:16).

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