The Bible declares that Job maintained his integrity and perseverance throughout this time of testing. At one point even his wife said, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9). Wow….am I ever glad my wife is a woman of faith and encouragement! Job had tasted of God’s goodness and he wouldn’t settle for less. He was holding out for the 140 years of God’s blessing and prosperity. As My friend Kevin Kazemi says, “This is an amazing truth that we often fail to see in the book of Job. James 5:11 says, You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the END intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” The END was the 140 years.
Sometimes it seems like Christians walk in the fear of materialism. They fear If they are blessed financially it will cause them to backslide. Why should we be scared that God’s blessing will corrupt or contaminate us? Financial blessing did not corrupt Job. He is a great Biblical example of someone who didn’t allow his financial status in life, good or bad, to affect his character and integrity. There are a long list of others in the Bible as well. So if you do not feel you have received all that God has in store for you….hang in there…persevere for the END as Job did.
Wow..yes…blessed to be a blessing!
I so believe it! This was such an encouragement, thanks for sharing! I do believe that we are blessed to be a blessing so it’s never about us anyway. It’s always about furthering His kingdom so others can become bread for someone else.