Then the LORD said to Satan, â€œHave you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.â€ Job 1:8 (NIV)
Now there is a scene worthy of an Oscar! God points out someone that He (God) feels is a worthy opponent for satan! Am I worthy opponent for satan? Would God point me out? (I admit that I have mixed emotions as to whether I want Him to do so!)
God says that Job was â€œblamelessâ€. When I think of the word â€˜blamelessâ€™, I think of â€˜perfectâ€™. When God describes a human, His creation that He KNOWS is sinful, God is NOT thinking â€˜perfectâ€™. God is looking at the heart. God is able to see the TRUTH of a person because He knows their heart. Maybe Job did not intentionally go against Godâ€™s commands. He had an open, teachable heart.
God says that Job was â€œuprightâ€. Job was â€œrighteousâ€. His relationship with God was daily. God knew him AND God says that Job knew HIM well enough to know holy â€œfearâ€. Job understood that God was powerful and so like a child who has learned consequences to his actions. Job feared God and turned away from evil. Again, Jobâ€™s relationship to God was daily because he had learned to love God and he had learned Godâ€™s discipline too. Holy fear.
As I read through the book of Job I realize that Job was certainly not perfect. Job lost â€“ EVERYTHING! (except his less-than-helpful wife!) Job was impatient. I can certainly relate to that and I have not lost all that Job did!
[Job says,] â€œWhat strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze? Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me?â€ Job 6:11-13 (NIV)
Job admits that he spoke without understanding God. He says, â€œI know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, â€˜Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?â€™ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. â€œYou said, â€˜Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.â€™ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.â€ Job 42:2-6 (NIV)
Job was considered â€œblamelessâ€ and â€œuprightâ€ by God Himself. Job was not â€˜perfectâ€™ by anyoneâ€™s standard. Jesus, and only Jesus, is my standard for perfection. He is my goal; my ideal. Jesus teaches me about my relationship with the Father. God gave me Job and David and Peter and Paul and Hannah and Mary(s) as my â€˜less-than-perfectâ€™ brothers and sisters who are there also. They teach me about Godâ€™s love and forgiveness.
The book of Job is an Oscar-winner for me. It is has a â€˜good guyâ€™ and a â€˜bad guyâ€™; good and evil. It has a hero. It has love and forgiveness. It even has some ironic comedy in Elihu, Bildad, and Eliphaz. And no matter how many times I â€˜seeâ€™ it â€“ I learn something new. Best of all, the Good Guy WINS in THE END!