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Walking With God Part 3


SOAP {Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer}:

SCRIPTURE: 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. ... 3b ...this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. Job 1:1-3 [ESV]

OBSERVATION: Walking with God is not easy. Not today, and not ever. It wasn't easy for Noah as we've already seen; it likely wasn't easy for Enoch, though we aren't told much of his life; and it certainly wasn't easy for Job. But these men who walked with God received multiple blessings for their enduring faith.

APPLICATION: Like Noah, Job was blameless. He was favored by God for remaining ever faithful. But that didn't mean Job's life was easy.

Satan challenged God, accusing Him of buying Job's faith with His blessings. Knowing Job's heart, God permitted Satan to test Job. Job lost everything. 500 oxen and 500 donkeys, stolen; 7000 sheep, consumed by fire; 3000 camels, stolen; seven sons, three daughters, and almost all of his servants -- killed.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22 [ESV]

Job's faith was such that he praised God, even after losing everything. Satan went on to inflict physical pain and suffering on Job, but Job's faith did not falter. In fact, through all that Satan could throw at him, Job remained faithful and true to God. With God, Job defeated Satan, and God continued to bless Job.

12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. ... 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. ... 15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days. Job 42:12-17 [ESV]

Job lived a faithful life, full and blessed by God, and Job never faltered. Job was truly a man who walked with God.

PRAYER: Father, Your blessings are truly wonderful! You have blessed me beyond anything I could possibly deserve, and I certainly am not one like Noah, Enoch, or Job. Thank You, Lord, for Your blessings. Help me to grow ever more faithful and close to you.

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