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Job 1:20-22 – Job Stays Righteous

He knows God.

Job 1:20-22 (ESV)

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

Most people wouldn’t charge God with wrong either, but for a totally different reason. They wouldn’t think God had anything to do with it. They might pray to God for help, but it wouldn’t occur to them to blame Him for what happened.

But Job understands who God is and what His relationship with His creation is. He doesn’t view God as some “benevolent uncle.” So, when the disaster strikes, he knows what’s going on.

And Satan must have been aware of this. Otherwise his claim that Job would curse God wouldn’t make sense. Most folks would have cursed the weather and the Sabeans.

But how does he know? The only information Satan is given is that Job is upright and blameless.

There has to be some connection. Satan intuitively understands that anyone who is upright and blameless knows that things don’t “just happen.”

Righteousness and holiness go hand in hand, and knowing God is essential to holiness.

What Job said and did is sublime but notice what he didn’t do. He didn’t ask God for anything.

Imagine something like this happened to you. (It could, if a hurricane hit just right.) What would you pray for?

I can’t imagine that I would react as maturely as Job did, but I should strive to grow in that direction. But how?

The lesson in today’s passage is that uprightness and blamelessness don’t come from trying to behave better; they come from knowing God better. And one of the keys to knowing God is recognizing his full power and authority in all things.

Another key is being in His word daily. The following other devotionals are recommended:

My Utmost for His Highest

Our Daily Bread

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Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.

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