From Kevin DeYoung
The Price of a Feel-Good Faith
Thomas E. Bergler in The Juvenilization of American Christianity:
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Job is book of the Bible that most of us have probably read and/or know the story of. We've all heard, or at least have probably heard, how Job got the raw end of a deal that God made with Satan. He was God's golden boy, and God used him to show Satan what was up (God was), figuratively speaking. I've heard many sermons on Job's life and the ways that God worked in his life. I've read books about suffering that have used his example. And I've also read the actual book in the Bible before.
But as I sat down yesterday morning to re-read it, something jumped out to me that hadn't before.
[Job's Character and Wealth]
[1:1] There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.  There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.  He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.  His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.  And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.(Job 1:1-5 ESV; Emphasis added)
I want to share these thoughts with you, outlined below:
- We are called to love sacrificially
- We are called to love continually
- We are called to love profoundly and selflessly