Strength of Character

Job 1:8 “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’”

Job can be a hard book to read. How could God let so much bad happen to one man? God is supposed to be good. But there is so much to be learned from Job.

God, the creator of all things, boasted about Job, and to Satan of all people. “Hey, Satan, have you noticed My servant Job? There’s no one else like him on the earth.”

I can just imagine Satan rolling his eyes. “Really, God?! You keep a hedge around him, his family, and all his possessions.”

God said that Job was blameless and upright. There was no blame that anyone could put on him. He would pray for his kids just in case one of them had sinned. This man was incredible. And God blessed him.

If you read through the book, you see the hard things that Job goes through. The Lord allows Satan to take e

verything from him. All of his kids are killed. Everything he owns is stolen. He ends up covered in sores from head to toe. But he never cursed God. He never turned his back on God.

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

That is true strength of character. What would you do in Job’s shoes? Job’s wife told him to curse God and die. Living right wasn’t worth it. Or was it?

Is it worth it to serve the Lord through thick and thin? It is always worth it! Even if you don’t see the results here on earth, we don’t live for the temporary.

1Cr 9:25 “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to

obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

Your true character shows through when you go through hard times. It’s all about who you are when no one is looking. Because that is what you are really made of. So what do you build in the good times? Build strength of character.

A professional runner has to be so careful what they eat. They have to run every day. The do weight training to build endurance. But if they only did this in the week leading up to a big race they would have little chance to win. They live like this.

It is all in the everyday choices that we make. Job didn’t become a blameless and upright man overnight. It was a lifestyle that he lived. We are in a race. We must run in such a way to win. What does it take to win? Daily life.

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