Job 2:3-4 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”
I must confess…
After reading the first two chapters of Job this morning, I had to fall to my knees and confess my wicked, petty, selfish ways. It was after I had written down all that Job had lost on that first day:
- All of the oxen and asses taken by Sabeans
- All the servants killed – save one
- All the sheep and all the servants killed by fire that fell from Heaven – save one
- All the camels taken by the Chaldeans and the servants killed – save one
- All his children and the servants killed when the house fell on them – save one
All of the issues that have made up the frustration I endured over the past few days are nothing in comparison to what was heaped upon Job that day.
Mine are what I call – First World problems.
I also realized the absolute coldness and deadness of Satan’s heart and the pure hatred he has for God by what he heaped upon Job. In his study of human nature over the years, he has been able to watch how we handle adversity. He has been allowed to test our limits and records just how we act or react.
That is why he said:
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”
When it comes right down to it, in our natural state, we operate in self-preservation mode. What God knew and Satan didn’t comprehend was Job’s integrity. Which causes me to think of my own…
Have I dealt with others in a manner that would display God’s love or my lack?
Have I spoke with words that edify, glorify, and magnify or are they demeaning, degrading, and destructive?
Have I walked as an ambassador of the King of Kings, or have I solely represented Paul’s World Inc.?
Do others see Christ in me or wonder why I call myself Christian and act contray?
Job never stood to testify of his own goodness. It was God who brought Job to the testing. The ‘fire-fighting’ we do because of our poor decisions could seemingly be eliminated if I worked on my spirit to equal Job’s. The integrity Job held was rooted deep in his relationship with his Heavenly Father.
He never worked to please others; only God.
He never worked to gain wealth, power, influence or friends, yet God gave him that and more.
He never sought to lead or be recognized in the community, though when Job spoke, he was respected and revered.
We see what Job had, who Job was or how he was viewed and desire that instead of what got him there – his integrity. I have come to realize that it is in the small things; what I say, how I respond that reveals who I am to others.
In Webster’s definition of the word integrity, we find:
“The entire, unimpaired state of any thing, particularly of the mind; moral soundness or purity; incorruptness; uprightness; honesty. integrity comprehends the whole moral character, but has a special reference to uprightness in mutual dealings, transfers of property, and agencies for others.”
I guess it comes down to either:
- How this reflects on me – or…
- How this reflects on God – the One I represent.
Knowing I am the purchased possession of Jesus Christ and His bride, I must act accordingly. Far too often, I lose that perspective and act selfishly. But when I remind myself and am reminded by others; I can change that response by allowing God to guide my steps, control my tongue and light the path I need to travel.
Today – I choose God… not Paul for whom I am going to live. Satan will have his snares waiting – he alwas does. There will be stumbling blocks and I may stub my toe; but what I do and say when that happens is still my choice.
My prayer for you today, dear reader, is to choose God and what He has for you!