Job lived in a way that was pleasing to God, yet the Lord allowed Satan to test him. The most important aspect in Job’s life was his faith in God. The Bible tells us that Job was “blameless (Complete or Finished) and upright (Just or Righteous), and one who feared God and shunned evil. (Job 1:1). Job was unique in that he possessed both wealth and godliness. Yet, because Job was such a righteous man, God saw fit to allow Satan to test him.
Job was subjected to three tests. The first was to accept, without sinning, the loss of his possessions and offspring (1:6-22). The second was to endure the destruction of his health without blaming God (2:1-10). The third was to endure false accusation. Thus the patients of Job to endure such trials and persecutions has made him an example both to the old and new covenants . (Jam 5:11).
Job’s life is an example for Christians today.
1. The righteous are expected to be tried and suffer (Job 1:8). Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:12).
2. Suffering can be devastating (Job 2:1-8). The apostle Peter said, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy (1 Peter 4:12-13.
3. Friends and family can be used to try you (Job 2:9-13). Christians are commanded not to love father or mother, husband or wife, brother or sister, even themselves more than God (Lk 14:26).
Conclusion: Job’s life still teaches us today. He was a righteous man who had been blessed by God with good health, a large family, and much wealth. Yet, God tried him by taking all three away from him, and then tormenting him with friends who accused him of doing evil. Most today still believe that the righteous are blessed without any trials or tribulations. Job’s life proves that this has never been true. All of God’s servants are tried, tested, or corrected. As David said, “The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup (Ps 11:5-6). The beloved John warns those who stray from the faith, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (Rev 3:19). So, whether we be righteous we are tested. If we stray we shall be corrected. Either way, the hand of God is always upon the saints. Thus, the lessons of Job remain with all the saints of God for all generations, and remind us that this life is about God searching our hearts, and testing our minds, and giving every man his just reward (Jer 17:10).