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Job: Faith in God’s Goodness

At the end of history, in the throne room of heaven, a “new song” will be sung in praise of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). The global breadth of the redemption story is one of many reasons to celebrate this Christmas season!

Our theme this month is taken from Romans 10:12: “The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” To highlight this important truth, our devotional study examines a Scripture-wide gallery of non- Jewish characters. These characters are mostly individual Gentiles, presented in more or less chronological order, who played positive roles in the biblical narrative. Through this study we’ll see a broader picture of God’s plan for the nations, a picture that complements the key role played by Abraham and his descendants.

Job may have lived around the time of Abraham. He was a wealthy man in both material goods and family—“the greatest man among all the people of the East” (1:3). He was also a godly man. The Lord Himself called Satan’s attention to Job as a model of integrity and righteousness (2:3; cf. Ezek. 14:14, 20).

The character of Job is seen most clearly in today’s verse (2:10). When his wife gave up and prompted him to do the same, he continued to trust God. His response demonstrated an unflinching confidence in God’s goodness, a faith that clearly transcended circumstances and doubts. Despite all the disasters and suffering he had undergone, he submitted to God’s loving sovereignty and “did not sin in what he said.” Satan’s attacks failed; Job’s faith stood firm.

Apply the Word

Job’s purity of speech was nothing short of amazing! Even at the best of times, we do wrong with our words. But Job, during what was clearly the worst of times, “did not sin in what he said” (2:10). If you can, take some time today to read and pray over James 3:1–12, the classic passage on this topic.

BY Brad Baurain

Dr. Brad Baurain has worked as a writer and editor for Today in the Word since 1993. Currently, he serves as associate professor and TESOL program head at Moody Bible Institute. Brad has the unique privilege of holding a degree from four different universities (including Moody). He has also taught in China, Vietnam, the United States, and Canada. Brad and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Munster, Indiana.

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