October 18, 2017 –  Job’s Prologue—Pr. Sonny Shimaoka

Scripture: 
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright, he feared God and shunned evil.  (Job 1:1 NIV)

Observation: 
Wow!  What a great introduction.  Impressive credentials that the Lord repeats in verse 8.  I believe that these characteristics is what will sustain Job as he is about to be challenged by the devil.  It’s what I’ve discovered over the years that continues to sustain me as I face life’s challenges.  Learning to trust God even when you have no satisfying answers is one of the results of having these four credentials.  By the way, I wouldn’t mind having this kind of prologue!

Application: 
What does it mean to me to be a blameless man?  How about being upright?  What would it look like to fear God and shun evil?  Let me offer these definitions that have worked for me:

Be a blameless man = I confess my sins quickly and with a pure heart.  I call it confessing on the run.  Satan will have nothing on, in and against me!

Be an upright man = I will always strive to do what is right in God’s eyes and in His eyes alone!

Be a God-fearing man = God’s opinions and His opinions of me and my life is the only opinion that matters to me.  I’ve come to understand that fearing Him draws me to Him no away from Him.

Be a man who shuns evil =  God hates sin.  I must hate evil in the same way.  I must admit, having the Spirit of God in me has been a tremendous help in this area.

Prayer: 
Thank you Father for the book of Job.  It has served as a tremendous example of how to see you as “LARGER” than any obstacle or problem in life.  Help me Holy Spirit to continue to improve in these four areas.  In Jesus Name…