Morning Inspiration: There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area. Job 1:1–3
The book of Job is powerful, informative, & beneficial. It’s also incredibly sad, yet greatly encouraging. Honestly, it’s a difficult read. I ‘force’ myself to read it once each year. I choose to do so, when I’m on vacation, living in the lap of luxury, relaxing & enjoying the immense ‘health & wealth’ God has bestowed on me so lavishly. Job reminds us, it could all disappear in a moment! Everything we so naturally take for granted, is actually a gift from our Creator. From the world’s richest man, to a beggar on the streets, not a soul is immune to the desolation & destruction this life can bring. Job lost everything that mattered to him & suffered terribly at the hand of Satan. In the process, he learned much more about Himself & his Lord than he ever imagined. Though he doesn’t mention him by name, Job is the first to speak in the Scriptures about our Savior Jesus. My sincere prayer is that this brief journey through the book of Job, will make us much more aware of the reality of the Evil One’s desire to destroy us, & draw us all closer to Christ, through His saving grace & mercy.