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The Story of Job – The Example of Faith Sustainability

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The Book of Job is one that we all must read and learn from. It is not only a historical story we must know but a lesson we must absorb. In short, Job was a humble man of great faith who experienced much loss. As a test from God, Job lost all of his possessions. For instance, his 500 oxen and 500 donkeys, 7,001 sheep, 3,000 camels, and all ten of his children were all taken away from him. All were slaughtered like lambs before his very eyes.

In response to this, Job did not get angry with God, even after all the things he held close to his heart were destroyed. Job stood up off his feet, shaved his head, tore his clothes, and said aloud, "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return: Lord has given, and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”.

We must use Job as the very epitome of how we should view our lives. Life itself is a blessing. The story of Job explicates the innate imperative of how delicate the human life is. Our Heavenly Father can bring us all into this world as easy as He can pluck us from it.

Many will read the Book of Job and have pity on him. That God killed all of Job’s livestock and all of his children. “God is unfair” some may say. Those who would think in this way have very little faith, if any at all. Why pity the unworthy sinner for in the end, we are nothing but speckles of dust that can be blown away?

We are born to live a life in which we are constantly learning, to believe that our Lord Jesus died for our sins and to do according to the Will of God. Abide by these ways of life. There are no other purposes beyond fulfilling God’s Will for Him and not man’s will for himself.

Sometimes man forgets who is truly in charge. God has all the power to do with the earth as He chooses. People think they have all the answers and know all the ways of the world. The idea that we know anything certain is absurd. The only thing we know for sure is that God is the Creator of all things on earth and rules over all of His creations.

There are many things in life that we will not have a clear understanding of why things are the way they are. Do not allow the ambiguities of existence to perplex and disgruntle your mind. Let go of the things that cause you distress and send them off to our Lord.

Humans were created from dirt and clay from the ground. With dirt we were created and back to the dirt we can be sent. Remember that on earth we are insignificant sinners that deserve punishment. Pray, repent and be thankful for the mercy of our Lord. Go forth and set the example for others.

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