Today’s reading covers parts of three books of the Bible. We catch the very end of Nehemiah, all of Esther and the beginning of Job. Though the obvious book to focus today’s blog on would be the amazing story of Esther, I want to spend a few moments considering the first chapter of Job.
Imagine if these words were said about you, “…This man (or woman) was blameless and upright; he (she) feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1) What a powerful testimony of a person’s life. And its’ just the first verse of the first chapter of a book spanning 42 chapters.
In these first few verses of Job, Satan asks the Lord for permission to put Job to the test. Satan says, “Does Job fear God for nothing? …You have blessed the work of his hands…but stretch out your hand and strike everything he has and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 1:9-11)
Are we just in this God thing for what we get, or for something more? Is Christianity about our good or His glory? Satan assumes that we follow the Lord for what we get in return. Satan’s assumptions match the world’s views. The world says, “What’s in it for me?” Honestly, deep down, I think we as believers have at one point or another said this too. I have. But following Christ isn’t about me…it’s about Him. I pray that I am never put to the tests that Job faced, but if I am, I pray that I would still say, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)