We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. (James 5:11 NASB)
BLESSED ARE THE PERSECUTED
Job is a topic that many people don’t like to talk about. It makes us uncomfortable when God’s good people suffer and experience tragedy. We don’t see the reasoning behind it.
Sometimes we try to create a reason, like Job’s three friends, assuming that the person is guilty of a major offense toward God. The Bible is clear, however, that Job was blameless in the eyes of God and God rebukes the friends for speaking untruthfully about Him (Job 1:1, 42:7). Ultimately, I think that we create those scenarios, because it makes us feel safe. If we can place cause on the person’s suffering, then we can avoid the same fate. Oh how foolish we are!
The Book of Job is clear. It was the devil who ignited the attack against Job… yet, God allowed it. Why? Beloved, I cannot answer that question. What I can do is help you to fix your eyes on truth and encourage you if you are in the middle of a trial that makes no sense.
Both Smith and Easton’s bible dictionaries mark the meaning of the name Job as “persecuted”. Jesus said that we will be persecuted and go through many trials in this life. If you are in Christ, you are blameless as well in the eyes of God (Col 1:22). Jesus is the very real, Living Mediator that Job longed to have (Job 9:33, Heb 9:15, 1Tim 2:5). Friend, He is fighting for you and you have a sure victory in Jesus.
In this week’s verse, James reminds us to consider Job. Choose to persevere today and each new “today”. Resist the temptation to blame God. He is Good and Just in everything He does. Cry out to Him day and night for justice from your adversary.
Resist the temptation to back down from the Word and the promises of God, as you consider the end result of Job’s life. He received twice as much as he had before and his life was more blessed than it was before the trial (Job 42:10, 12). I know that this is hard, but I can assure you that God is faithful! Trust Him for restoration. Trust Him for better things. Trust Him for the Kingdom. Trust Him to do what only He can do and then some. Love you so much.
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Luke 18:7 ESV)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38 AKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 AKJV)