Here is how the Almighty God described Job: “… Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a good and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil? …” (Job 2:3).
What we conclude from this verse is that God was very pleased with Job.
But how could we interpret further this description about this man whose life pleased God?
A. A good and an upright man: That would mean to me that Job was a man who lived a life that was straight-forward with men and God. An honest and fair man.
B. One that fears God: To fear God is to obey Him, to obey His Word or His commandments, and Job was that kind of man. From Scripture we learn that God prefers obedience more than sacrifice as we read, “And Samuel said (to Saul), Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).
C. Avoids evil: That’s what Job did. Scripture actually teaches to do our outmost to avoid evil in this life. In the book of Proverbs, we read, “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall” (Proverbs 4:14-16).
God knows far better than we do about the effects evil could have upon us if we associate with it, with men who are evil. Those who associate with evil, sooner or later will be taken into a path that leads way from the path of salvation, because evil company will corrupt the hearts of men who follow it.
These attributes of Job, were very pleasing to God. What can we add to these attributes now-days to be complete before God? According to the message of the New Testament, we must have faith in His Son Jesus Christ!
By Gregory M. Doublas
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