Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Job A Man of Integrity - Job 2

Job 2Job's Second Test
1 On another day the angels [a] came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
3 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."

4 "Skin for skin!" Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. 5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."

6 The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life."

7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. 8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

9 His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!"

10 He replied, "You are talking like a foolish [b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Integrity is adhering to moral values and being in a state of completeness. It's amazing how much this one man went through and never cursed God! When I look at the definition of "integrity" I see that it means being complete and undivided. Do you realize that Job had to be mentally stable through all that? He had to keep a sound mind in order to not falter and blame God for everything.

Do you know how many people give up and cry "There is no God." once some difficult situation comes upon them. It goes to prove what kind of person you are and who you value more than GOD.

If you really believed in God, you wouldn't go and curse him and blame him for everything that goes wrong in your life. So think about that, and how you do this, and then ask God to forgive you and strive to make yourself a man/woman of integrity.

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