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These are the four character traits that God Himself used to describe Job. He didn’t say it just one time either. He said it THREE times!
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Job 1:1
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Job 1:8
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.” Job 2:3
As my Preacher says, “When God says something more than one time we better sit up and pay attention!”
Here’s what I learned about these characteristics:
Perfect here does not mean without sin. The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines perfect as “complete in moral excellencies”.
Job was spiritually mature. He feared God, he respected God, he worshiped God, and he obeyed God. Job had everything he needed to weather the storm. It showed in his conversation and life style.
Straight, strict, bound between boundaries.
Job was a rules guy. He knew what God expected and followed. Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Job knew whatever happened in his life God meant it for good and allowed it for a reason. Job did not vary to the right or to the left. He continued doing what he was supposed to do because he was upright.
1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines fear as, “a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience”.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 states, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Job had reverential respect for God and therefore followed after what God expected. The above definition could have been written about Job and his character.
1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines eschew as, “to flee from; to shun; to avoid.”
Job stayed away from evil. He did not allow sin to creep into his life or temptation to overcome him. 1 Peter 1:15-16 states, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 2 Corinthians 6:17 states, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
Job was an ordinary guy with extraordinary character. Job lost everything; his wealth, his possessions, his health, and his children. Through all of this Job never lost his faith. He knew that God was on the throne and in total control and while he didn’t understand why all of this was happening to him, he knew God had a reason. I’ve heard it said, “The teacher is always quiet during the test.”
Would to God that I have the faith that Job had. Whether I understand what is happening or not it is my duty to obey God, trust God, and submit to His will. When I do, I will find God in the midst of whatever it is that I am going through.
I’m not saying it was easy for Job. And it won’t be easy for us either, but if we work on these four characteristics DAILY in everything that we do, say, and think, we will grow. We need to be in God’s Word everyday. We need to be on our knees everyday (more than one time a day). We need to stay in God’s will for our lives. We need to be surrounding ourselves with people who are going to encourage us in our walk with the Lord and not be afraid to speak up when we stray from the straight path.
Remember, Job was an ordinary guy. God uses ordinary people. We are ordinary people and God can use us!