Tried and True Job Devotional

Tried and True

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 08, 2012


But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  Job 23:10


Have you ever thought about the things that we call "tried and true"?  You know, those things that have stood the test of time.  They've proven to be good things such as products that you just can't live without no matter what.  There are even methods or ways of doing things that we call tried and true.

There are those tried and true recipes that always turn out great and you make over and over.  Some of us even have some "tried and true" friends.  Those type of friends stick with you through thick and thin.

There are some Biblical characters that were tried and true.  Remember how Abraham was tried when God wanted him to be willing to give up his son?  (Hebrews 11:17)  He came through true to God.

There is Daniel who stuck to what was right no matter what the consequences. (Daniel 1:8)

Look how tried and true Job was.  He was tested and tried beyond what most of us can imagine and yet he came out true on the other side.

Let's take a look and see what made Job that way.



Job lived a certain way.


Job set standards for his life and for how he was going to live.  There were three ways Job lived in Job 1:1

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  Job 1:1


Perfect and upright

Job was blameless and lived upright before God.


Feared God

Job lived his life fearing God.  He reverenced and respected God's power and strength.


Eschewed evil

That just means Job kept away from evil and not just kept away from it but did so deliberately.  Job did not make evil and sin a part of his life.


Living like that had to have made Job a stronger person.  Job allowed God to dictate his life.  Putting those principles in your life cannot help but impact your actions, speech, and what dictates your life. 



Job responded to his trials in a certain way.


Troubles came raining in on Job in such a devastating way.  Read through Job 1 and see all of the things that happened.  See all of the people that died in Job's life.

The next thing was happening before the one before it could be relayed to Job.  Troubles were hitting Job hard but look how he responded.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.  Job 1:20-22

Job fell down and worshipped God.  Above that, he didn't sin and he didn't he get angry and vent against God.


Job didn't let others rule his thinking.


Tried and true people rely on God and don't let what other people say or do sway them.  Job knew better than to give in to what even his wife said.

Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.  Job 2:9, 10


Job depended on God's strength.


Job needed God and Job looked for God.  Job was used to depending and relying on God for His strength.  When going through rough times, God ought to be the One Whom we seek out.  Job knew how important it was to come before God.

Then Job answered and said,

Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

Job 23:1-9


Job knew God had a purpose for the trials in his life.


No matter what he went through or how hard it was to go through, Job knew God had a purpose.

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  Job 23:10



Conclusion:

I know I could never handle all that Job went through.  I'm sure I couldn't get through those boils alone that Satan struck him with (Job 2:7) let alone all the things Job suffered, but I hope I can take away some of these lessons from Job.  I want to end up tried and true at the end of my life.

All in all, I think the major thing is that Job knew he should rely on God and nobody else.  He set godly standards to live by and stuck with them no matter what he was faced with or what he went through.

So, do you think your life will turn out tried and true?

 

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