We have been reading the Book of Job in the Bible. It is beautiful poetry and worthy of time spent.
At the outset, Job is one of the wealthiest men on earth, with 10 children, hundreds of animals, hundreds of servants and hundreds of acres in fields for harvesting.
Satan approaches God and puts forth a challenge – “Job only loves you because you have been good to him”. If you take away what he has, he will curse you to your face. God, who knows Job’s heart, tells Satan to do whatever he wants to Job, just don’t hurt him.
So, Job’s children and all he gas are all demolished. Job replies that he came into the world naked and he will go out the same way.
Satan again approaches God and says that because God has protected Job, he has nothing to fear. God tells Satan that he can do what he pleases with Job, just spare his lifel
So, Job is afflicted with painful sores all over his body. It is in this state that his three “friends” come to visit him.
Ultimately Job speaks with God and he is humbled, as we all would be. When the holy God speaks to us, we deserve to be humbled as we cannot come before a our holy God on our ownl We need the saving blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, to be present and to cover our nakedness with His robe. Then we will be in the right dress to come before our God and our Father.
Job humbled himself and it is right that we should also. God delights in the humble, but He detests the proud. We have nothing that God cares for … not money, not things, not land or homes. What prompts God’s love for us is how we relate to His Son, Jesus Christ.
So the question is this: What is your relationship with Jesus?
Blessings to you this Christmas season.
Father, I pray that those who are without Jesus would come to know Him and thereby become children of the Holy God.